• -ance

    Alternative forms


    Via French -ance, from Latin -antia, -entia.

    Full definition of -ance


    1. Added to the stem of a verb to form a noun indicating a state or condition, such as result or capacity, associated with the verb.
    2. A process or action.

    Usage notes

    Many words ending in "-ance" were formed in French or by alteration of a noun or adjective ending in "-ant".

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