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

  • suffix Condition or quality: complacency.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • suffix Forming abstract nouns denoting states, conditions, or qualities.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A noun suffix having much the same meaning as -ence, but more commonly signifying the quality or state. See -ancy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Abbreviations of encyclopedia.


Middle English, variant of -ence, -ence.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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