-ance, -ancy

(Latin: often through French, quality or state of; being; condition; act or fact of _______ ing; a suffix that forms nouns)

1. Specific resistance by cells to the action of chemicals.
2. The resistance, exhibited by certain tumors and tissues, to destruction by chemotherapeutic drugs.
circumstance (s) (noun), circumstances (pl)
1. A condition or fact attending an event and having some bearing on it; a determining or modifying factor.
2. A condition or fact that determines or must be considered in the determining of a course of action.
3. The sum of determining factors beyond willful control; such as, a victim of circumstances.
4. A detail accompanying or surrounding an event; such as, in a narrative or series of events.
5. A formal display or ceremony; such as, the pomp and circumstance of a coronation.
6. A particular incident or occurrence.
clairvoyance (s) (noun), clairvoyances (pl)
1. The supposed ability to view, or to look at, something that is normally over and above the possibilities of human awareness: Joseph claimed to have clairvoyance which consisted of acute perceptions and intuitive insights for people in their present existence and for the future.
2. Etymology: from French clairvoyant, "clear-sighted"; from voyant, present participle of voir, "see".
Having special perceptions.
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cognizance (KAHG ni zuhns) (s) (noun), cognizances (pl)
1. Conscious knowledge or awareness: The cognizance of the importance of the issue at hand was realized by the board of directors.
2. The range of what one can know or understand: Harriet's cognizance and perception of the nature of the species of the bird was quite amazing!
3. Observance; notice: The administrator will take cognizance of Jill's objections at the proper time.
4. In law, acknowledgment, recognition, or jurisdiction; the assumption of jurisdiction in a case: The court, being within cognizance, was able to act upon the case of murder without needing any further proof.
5. In heraldry, a crest or badge worn to distinguish the bearer: The knight was honored with a cognizance because of his bravery in battle.
6. Etymology: from Anglo-French conysance, "recognition"; later, "knowledge" from Old French conoissance, "acquaintance, recognition; knowledge, wisdom" (Modern French connaissance), from conoistre, "to know"; from Latin cognoscere, "to get to know, to recognize"; from com-, "together" + gnoscere, "to know".
Notice with perception.
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complaisance (s) (noun)
1. An inclination or a tendency to willingly give in to the requests of others.
2. A disposition to please or to comply willingly and in a friendly way with the wishes of another person or other people.
compliance (s) (noun), compliances (pl)
1. Behaving according to certain accepted standards: "Ralph felt that compliance with school rules was not always convenient for him to follow until he was suspended for being tardy too often.'
2. A tendency to conform with or to agree with the wishes of others: "Elva and Sue found out that their compliances with the company's rules were appreciated and the standards were beneficial for everyone."
connivance, connivence (s) (noun); connivances, connivences (pl)
1. A secret joint conspiracy or plotting to do something; usually, wrong or illegal: "He was involved in the connivance of his brother's shoplifting with the understanding that he would share the things that were stolen."
2. Tacit encouragement (expressed without being said directly) or an agreement to doing some kind of wrongdoing; unspoken encouragement of or consent (without participation) to wrongdoing by someone else.
3. Pretended ignorance or a secret encouragement of wrongdoing.
consonance (KON suh nuhns) (s) (noun), consonances (pl)
1. An agreement with something or someone: The candidate's beliefs are in consonance with his political party's objectives and proposals.
2. Consisting of harmonious sounds which are pleasing to hear: Laura and Jim enjoyed the concert which was full of wonderful consonances from the beginning to the end.
3. The various letters that make pronunciations; usually, at the endings of words: A few examples of consonances include the letters "st" as in the words "first, last, forest, host, slowest, fast, most", etc.