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des·i·nence  audio  (ds-nns) KEY 

NOUN:
A grammatical ending; an inflection.

ETYMOLOGY:
French désinence, from Medieval Latin dsinentia, from Latin dsinns, dsinent- present participle of dsinere, to come to an end : d-, off ; see de- + sinere, to leave

OTHER FORMS:
desi·nential  (-nnshl) KEY (Adjective)


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