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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  -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]

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