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portance

[pawr-tns, pohr-]
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noun Archaic.
  1. bearing; behavior.
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Origin of portance

From Middle French, dating back to 1580–90; see origin at port5, -ance
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Historical Examples

  • Rymer, in his criticism on this play, has changed it to portents, instead of portance.

    Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies

    Samuel Johnson