-ence

noun suffix

Definition of -ence

1 :action or process
  • emergence
:instance of an action or process
  • reference
2 :quality or state
  • despondence

Origin and Etymology of -ence

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


-ENCE Defined for English Language Learners

-ence

noun suffix

Definition of -ence for English Language Learners

  • : the state of having a particular quality

  • : the action or process of doing something


-ENCE Defined for Kids

-ence

noun suffix \ əns , ᵊns \

Definition of -ence for Students

1 :action or process
  • reference
2 :quality or state
  • existence
  • confidence

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