Origin of -ancy
- a variant of -ance, used to indicate condition or qualityexpectancy; poignancy; malignancy
Word Origin and History for -ancy
word-forming element denoting quality or state, from Latin -antia, forming abstract nouns on pp. adjectives in -antem, appearing in English mostly in words borrowed directly from Latin (those passing through French usually have -ance or -ence; see -ance).