-ance

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See also: ance and Ance

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English -aunce, -ance, from Anglo-Norman -aunce and continental Old French -ance, from Latin -antia, -entia.

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-ance

  1. Added to an adjective or verb to form a noun indicating a state or condition, such as result or capacity, associated with the verb.
    ally + ‎-ance → ‎alliance
    perform + ‎-ance → ‎performance
    reluctant + ‎-ance → ‎reluctance
  2. Added to a verb to form a noun indicating a process or action.
    appear + ‎-ance → ‎appearance
    resist + ‎-ance → ‎resistance

Usage notes[edit]

  • Many words ending in "-ance" were formed in French or by alteration of a noun or adjective ending in "-ant".

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French -ance, from Latin -antia and -entia. Compare Spanish -anza, -enza, Italian -anza, -enza, Portuguese -ança, -ença, Romanian -ință.

Cognate to French -ence.

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Suffix[edit]

-ance f (plural -ances)

  1. -ance; forms abstract nouns

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Middle English[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-ance

  1. Alternative form of -aunce

Middle French[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-ance

  1. -ance (suffixed used to form nouns)

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  • French: -ance

Old French[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Inherited from Latin -antia(m), -entia(m).

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-ance

  1. -ance (suffixed used to form nouns)

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Scots[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English -aunce, from Anglo-Norman -aunce and continental Old French -ance, from Latin -antia, -entia.

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Suffix[edit]

-ance

  1. Forms nouns indicating states or processes, usually from verbs or other nouns;

Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-ance (Cyrillic spelling -анце)

  1. Suffix appended to words to create a neuter noun, usually to form a diminutive or as an expression of endearment, or to denote an object.

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