1. State or condition: dependence.
2. Action: emergence.
[Middle English, from Latin -entia (from -ēns, -ent-, -ent) and from Old French -ance, -ance.]
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suffix forming nouns
indicating an action, state, condition, or quality: benevolence; residence; patience.
[via Old French from Latin -entia, from -ēns, present participial ending]
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a suffix used to form nouns either from adjectives in -ant or from verbs: brilliance; appearance.
[Middle English < Old French < Latin]
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