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English definition of “-ence”

-ence

suffix uk (also -ance)   /-əns/ us  

-ence suffix (ACTION)

used to form nouns that refer to an action or series of actions: violence (= violent actions) a performance (= act of performing)

-ence suffix (STATE)

used to form nouns that describe a state or quality: her long absence (= period during which she was absent)
(Definition of -ence from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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