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a noun suffix equivalent to -ance, corresponding to the suffix -ent in adjectives: abstinence; continence; dependence; difference .
Origin of -ence
Middle English < Old French < Latin -entia, equivalent to -ent- -ent + -ia -y3 Unabridged
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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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see -ance.

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