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1. State or condition: absorptance.
2. Action: continuance.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin -antia, n. suff. (-ant, -ant + -ia, n. suff.) and from Latin -entia (-ent, -ent + -ia, n. suff.)]
suffix forming nouns
indicating an action, state or condition, or quality: hindrance; tenancy; resemblance. Compare -ence
[via Old French from Latin -antia; see -ancy]
a suffix used to form nouns either from adjectives in -ant or from verbs: brilliance; appearance.
[Middle English < Old French < Latin]