-ance


-ance
-ance -ance [F. -ance, fr. L. -antia and also fr. -entia.] A suffix signifying action; also, quality or state; as, assistance, resistance, appearance, elegance. See {-ancy}. [1913 Webster]

Note: All recently adopted words of this class take either -ance or -ence, according to the Latin spelling. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.