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Language: Old French
Origin: Latin -antia, from -ant; -ANT

-ance

suffix
     
-ance, -ence [in nouns]
XX the action, state, or quality of doing something or of being something:
his sudden appearance (=he appeared suddenly)
her brilliance (=she is brilliant)

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