-ance - definition of -ance by The Free Dictionary
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
. 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]
References in periodicals archive
CLEVELAND Fire Brigade is helping to raise awareness of 'Register my APPLIA -ance' designed to provide up-to-date contact details for appliance manufacturers.
To combat this, the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic APPLIA -ances (AMDEA) has launched a new web portal designed to make it quicker and easier for the public to register all of their appliances.
Mr Moayedi found himself at the centre of a pay row in the wake of the Potters Bar rail disaster when Jarvis was in charge of track main ten -ance
. It emerged that Mr Moayedihadbeen given a57pc pay rise, taking his total package including bonuses to pounds 595,000.