ex·po·nence | \ikˈspōnən(t)s, ekˈs-, ˈekˌs-\
plural -s

Definition of exponence 

: the correlation between an abstract linguistic category and its exponents by moving towards the data within abstractions one is considered to be moving down the scale of exponence— R. H. Robins

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History and Etymology for exponence

from exponent, after such pairs as English dependent : dependence

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