Definition of -ence

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

History and Etymology for -ence

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

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“-ence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/-ence. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of -ence

: the state of having a particular quality
: the action or process of doing something
\ əns, ᵊns \

Kids Definition of -ence

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

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