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word-forming element making adjectives from nouns or verbs, from French -ent and directly from Latin -entem (nominative -ens), present participle ending of verbs in -ere/-ire. Old French changed it in many words to -ant, but after c.1500 some of these in English were changed back to what was supposed to be correct Latin. See -ant.