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

  • suffix State or condition: dependence.
  • suffix Action: emergence.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • suffix Same as -ance; having the state or condition of.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A noun suffix signifying action, state, or quality; also, that which relates to the action or state; as in emergence, diffidence, diligence, influence, difference, excellence. See -ance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See -ance, -ancy, and -ent.


Middle English, from Latin -entia (from -ēns, -ent-, -ent) and from Old French -ance, -ance.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French, from Latin -entia. (Wiktionary)


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