from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- suffix State or condition: absorptance.
- suffix Action: continuance.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- suffix Added to the stem of a verb to form a noun indicating a state or condition, such as result or capacity, associated with the verb.
- suffix A process or action.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A suffix signifying action; also, quality or state. See -ancy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin -antia, n. suff. (-ant, -ant + -ia, n. suff.) and from Latin -entia (-ent, -ent + -ia, n. suff.)(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Via French -ance, from Latin -antia, -entia. (Wiktionary)