Definition of -ence in English:

-ence

Pronunciation /əns//ns/

suffix

  • 1Forming nouns:

    1. 1.1 Denoting a quality or an instance of it.
      ‘impertinence’
    2. 1.2 Denoting 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.

Pronunciation

-ence

/əns//ns/