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a combining form with the meanings “having a valence” (quadrivalent), “having homologous chromosomes” (univalent), “having antibodies” (multivalent), of the number specified by the initial element.
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Origin of -valent
<Latin valent- (stem of valēns, present participle of valēre to be strong); see equivalent
Words nearby -valent
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How to use -valent in a sentence
“You have to let them tell you how they feel,” Thomas Valent, who runs the school with his wife, Holly, told the New York Times.Perfect Your Ho-Ho-Ho’s at the Top Santa-Training School|Nina Strochlic|December 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
They burned down my home, killed my dogs, my cat, my rabbit, blew up my 1966 Plymouth Valent.A Few Things to Know About Paul Kevin Curtis, the Crazy Ricin Suspect|Josh Dzieza|April 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Le but du Mercure a t de permettre ceux qui en valent la peine d'crire franchement ce qu'il pense—seul plaisir d'un crivain.Instigations|Ezra Pound
Venena magnum fas nefasque non valent Convertere humanam vicem.Witchcraft and Devil Lore in the Channel Islands|John Linwood Pitts
Et minim vires frangere quassa valent—A very small degree of force will suffice to break a vessel that is already cracked.
Les choses valent toujours mieux dans leur source—Things are always best at their source.
Minim vires frangere quassa valent—Very little avails to break a bruised thing.
British Dictionary definitions for -valent
/ (ˈveɪlənt) /
adjective, combining form
chem having a specified valencybivalent; trivalent
Word Origin for -valent
C19: from Latin valentia; see valency
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