a noun suffix equivalent to -ance, corresponding to the suffix -ent in adjectives: abstinence; continence; dependence; difference.

Words nearby -ence

Origin of -ence

Middle English < Old French < Latin -entia, equivalent to -ent- -ent + -ia -y3
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British Dictionary definitions for -ence



suffix forming nouns

indicating an action, state, condition, or qualitybenevolence; residence; patience

Word Origin for -ence

via Old French from Latin -entia, from -ēns, present participial ending
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