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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 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for -escent


beginning to be, do, show, etc: convalescent, 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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