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a suffix of adjectives borrowed from Latin, where it expresses the beginning of an action or process; often corresponding to verbs ending in -esce and nouns ending in -escence: convalescent; recrudescent.
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Origin of -escent

From Latin, stem of -ēscēns, present participle ending
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British Dictionary definitions for -escent


suffix forming adjectives
beginning to be, do, show, etcconvalescent; luminescent

Derived forms of -escent

-escence, suffix forming nouns

Word Origin for -escent

via Old French from Latin -ēscent-, stem of present participial suffix of -ēscere, ending of inceptive verbs
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