- a suffix, equivalent to -ant, appearing in nouns and adjectives of Latin origin: accident; different.
Origin of -ent
- causing or performing an action or existing in a certain condition; the agent that performs an actionastringent; dependent
Word Origin and History for -ent
word-forming element making adjectives from nouns or verbs, from French -ent and directly from Latin -entem, present participle ending of verbs in -ere/-ire. Old French changed many to -ant but after c.1500 some of these in English were changed back to what was supposed to be correct Latin.