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a suffix used to form nouns either from adjectives ending in -ant or from verbs: brilliance; appearance.

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Origin of -ance

Middle English <Old French <Latin -antia-ancy, equivalent to -ant--ant + -ia-y3
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British Dictionary definitions for -ance

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-ancy


suffix forming nouns

indicating an action, state or condition, or qualityhindrance; tenancy; resemblance Compare -ence

Word Origin for -ance

via Old French from Latin -antia; see -ancy
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