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  1. a suffix of adjectives borrowed from Latin, where it had an inchoative force; often corresponding to verbs in -esce and nouns in -escence: convalescent; recrudescent.

Origin of -escent

< Latin, stem of -ēscēns, present participle ending
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British Dictionary definitions for -escent

-escent

suffix forming adjectives
  1. beginning to be, do, show, etcconvalescent; luminescent
Derived Forms-escence, suffix forming nouns

Word Origin

via Old French from Latin -ēscent-, stem of present participial suffix of -ēscere, ending of inceptive verbs
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Word Origin and History for -escent

word-forming element meaning "beginning, becoming, tending to be," from Latin -escentem (nominative -escens), ending of present participles of verbs in -escere.

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