Definition of -ence in English:

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-ence

Pronunciation: /əns/ Pronunciation: /ns/

suffix

Forming nouns:
1Denoting a quality or an instance of it: impertinence
2Denoting an action or its result: reference reminiscence

Origin

From French -ence, from Latin -entia, -antia (from present participial stems -ent-, -ant-). Since the 16th century many inconsistencies have occurred in the use of -ence and -ance.

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Syllabification: -ence

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