Definition of -ance in English:

-ance

suffix

  • 1Forming nouns denoting a quality or state or an instance of one.

    ‘allegiance’
    ‘extravagance’
    ‘perseverance’
  • 2Forming nouns denoting an action.

    ‘appearance’
    ‘utterance’

Origin

From French -ance, from Latin -antia, -entia (from present participial stems -ant-, -ent-).

Pronunciation

-ance

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