Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • suffix Condition or quality: buoyancy.

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  • suffix a condition or quality

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A suffix expressing more strongly than -ance the idea of quality or state.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A modern extension of -ance, in imitation of the original Latin -ant-i-a, and perhaps also of -acy: see -ance and -cy, and cf. -ence, -ency. The two forms seldom differ in force.

Etymologies

Latin -antia and -entia; see -ance.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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