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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 Unabridged
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Examples for ence
  • His transformation into one of the leading researchers on the sci- ence of stress would come later.
  • Gradually, they started to come around, and soon the lab was being hailed as one of the top places for climate-change sci-ence.
  • One of them is sci-ence, a comic you really should be reading.
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for ence


indicating an action, state, condition, or quality benevolence, residence, patience
Word Origin
via Old French from Latin -entia, from -ēns, present participial ending
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Word Origin and History for ence


see -ance.

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