from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A suffix of Latin origin, forming nouns from adjectives in -ant, or directly from verbs, as significance, defiance, purveyance, etc.; also used with native English verbs, as in abidance, forbearance, furtherance, hindrance, riddance, etc.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- A suffix signifying action; also, quality or state. See
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- suffix Added to the stem of a verb to form a noun indicating a
stateor condition, such as result or capacity, associated with the verb.
- suffix A
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Via French -ance, from Latin -antia, -entia.
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