-ance definition

  • suffix:
    • State or condition: absorptance.
    • Action: continuance.
    • put into the stem of a verb to create a noun showing circumstances or condition, particularly outcome or ability, linked to the verb.
    • A process or activity.
  • others:
    • A suffix signifying activity; also, quality or condition. See -ancy.
  • noun:
    • A suffix of Latin beginning, developing nouns from adjectives in -ant, or straight from verbs, as importance, defiance, purveyance, etc.; also used in combination with native English verbs, like in abidance, forbearance, furtherance, barrier, riddance, etc.

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