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

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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Example sentences
His transformation into one of the leading researchers on the sci- ence of stress would come later.
Also a scented flannel for establishing a posh pres- ence in drawers, closets, and other proper places.
The fact of the neighbor's pres- ence is proof that the fisherwoman would not be there.
Gradually, they started to come around, and soon the lab was being hailed as one of the top places for climate-change sci-ence.
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