-ance

noun suffix

1
: action or process
furtherance
: instance of an action or process
performance
2
: quality or state : instance of a quality or state
protuberance
3
: amount or degree
conductance

Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin -antia, from -ant-, -ans -ant + -ia -y

Dictionary Entries Near -ance

Cite this Entry

“-ance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/-ance. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

-ance

noun suffix
ən(t)s,
ᵊn(t)s
1
: action or process
avoidance
performance
2
: quality or state : instance of a quality or state
protuberance
3
: amount or degree
conductance
Etymology

derived from Latin -antia "-ancy"

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