a noun suffix equivalent to -ance, corresponding to the suffix -ent in adjectives:
abstinence; continence; dependence; difference[/ex]
Etymology: ME < OF < L -entia=-ent- -ent+-ia -y III

From formal English to slang. 2014.

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.