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-ence

noun suffix

Simple Definition of -ence

  • : the state of having a particular quality

  • : the action or process of doing something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of -ence

  1. 1 :  action or process <emergence> :  instance of an action or process <reference>

  2. 2 :  quality or state <despondence>

Origin of -ence

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin -entia, from -ent-, -ens, present participle ending + -ia 2-y


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