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

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

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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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