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a. Performing, promoting, or causing a specified action: absorbent.
b. Being in a specified state or condition: bivalent.
2. One that performs, promotes, or causes a specified action: referent.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin -ēns, -ent-, present participle suff.]
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suffix forming adjectives, suffix forming nouns
causing or performing an action or existing in a certain condition; the agent that performs an action: astringent; dependent.
[from Latin -ent-, -ens, present participial ending]
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ear, nose, and throat.
a suffix, equivalent to -ant, appearing in nouns and adjectives of Latin origin: accident; different.
[< Latin -ent-, s. of -ēns present participle suffix of conjugations 2, 3, 4]
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