-ence


-ence

noun suffix

: the state of having a particular quality

: the action or process of doing something

Full Definition of -ENCE

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