a suffix, equivalent to -ant, appearing in nouns and adjectives of Latin origin: accident; different.
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Origin of -ent
< Latin -ent- (stem of -ēns), present participle suffix of conjugations 2, 3, 4
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British Dictionary definitions for -ent
suffix forming adjectives, suffix forming nouns
causing or performing an action or existing in a certain condition; the agent that performs an actionastringent; dependent
Word Origin for -ent
from Latin -ent-, -ens, present participial ending
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