from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- suffix Performing, promoting, or causing a specified action: absorbent.
- suffix Being in a specified state or condition: bivalent.
- suffix One that performs, promotes, or causes a specified action: referent.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- suffix Causing, promoting, or doing a certain action
- suffix One that causes, promotes, or does a certain action
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- An adjective suffix signifying action or being. See -ant.
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin -ēns, -ent-, present participle suff.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Since Middle English, from Old French -ent and its source Latin -ēns, (accusative singular -entem), present participle suffix. (Wiktionary)