- -ance [əns, 'ns; ənts, 'nts][ME < OFr -ance (< L -antia, -entia) or directly < L] suffix forming nouns1. the act or process of ____ing [discontinuance]2. the quality or state of being [forbearance]3. a thing that ____s [hindrance]4. a thing that is ____ed [utterance, remittance]
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.