noun suffix

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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noun suffix

English Language Learners Definition of -ence

: the state of having a particular quality

: the action or process of doing something


noun suffix
\ əns , ᵊns \

Kids Definition of -ence

1 : action or process reference

2 : quality or state existence confidence

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alleviating pain or harshness

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