a combination of -ance and -y, used to form nouns denoting state or quality: brilliancy.

< Latin -antia, equivalent to -ant- -ant (-ā- thematic vowel + -nt- present participle suffix) + -ia -y3 Unabridged
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suffix forming nouns
a variant of -ance, used to indicate condition or quality: expectancy; poignancy; malignancy

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suffix denoting quality or state, from L. -antia, forming abstract nouns on pp. adjs. in -antem, appearing in Eng. mostly in words borrowed directly from Latin (those passing through Fr. usually have -ance or -ence; see -ance).
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