One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The regaining or recovery of a thing or state; retrieval. Frequently with of. Now rare and nonstandard.
Late Middle English. Apparently from recover + -ance, partly after Middle French recouvrance (French recouvrance) help, salvation, remedy, recovery of possession, possibility of recovering something, action of recovering. Compare also Anglo-Norman recoveraunce action of recovering something lost.
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