Definition of -ence in English:


Syllabification: -ence
Pronunciation: /əns, ns


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


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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