-ence

-ence

a noun suffix equivalent to -ance, corresponding to the suffix -ent in adjectives: abstinence; continence; dependence; difference .

Origin:
Middle English < Old French < Latin -entia, equivalent to -ent- -ent + -ia -y3

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-ence or -ency
 
suffix forming nouns
indicating an action, state, condition, or quality: benevolence; residence; patience
 
[via Old French from Latin -entia, from -ēns, present participial ending]
 
-ency or -ency
 
suffix forming nouns
 
[via Old French from Latin -entia, from -ēns, present participial ending]

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-ence
see -ance.
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