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)