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

irrelevance (s) (noun); irrelevancies, irrelevances (pl)
The lack of significance to what is being discussed: Henry was talking about political irrelevancies which just didn't make any sense.

While making decisions on their next vacation trip, money was considered to be of irrelevance, because the couple won $20,000 in the lottery!

issuance (s) (noun)
The official act of making something available or of giving something to people to be used: "There was an issuance of a search warrant by the judge."

"He was happy that he was finally able to receive the visa issuance from the government."

iterance (s) (noun), iterances (pl)
1. Doing or saying something again.
2. A repeated performance.
3. An instance or the act of doing something again.
iterancy (s) (noun), iterancies (pl)
The act of repeating; a repetition.
lieutenancy (s), lieutenancies (pl)
1. The office, rank, or commission of a lieutenant.
2. The role, duty, or position of being a lieutenant.
3. A U.S. naval officer holding the commissioned rank just below that of a lieutenant commander.
luminance (s) (noun) (no plural form)
1. The condition or quality of emitting or reflecting light: The luminance of the moon in the evening enhanced the romantic nature of the garden; especially, the reflective image shining on the surface of the pond.
2. A measure of the brightness on an external area that is equal to the amount of luminous flux arriving at, passing through, or reflecting from the surface of something: The challenge for the physics students was to create a working model to measure the luminance of various light fixtures used in daily life; such as, kitchen lights, desk lights, lights on the computer, etc.

Luminance is measured in candelas per square meter. A "candela" is the basic unit of luminous intensity adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites; equal to 1/60 of the luminous intensity per square centimeter of a black body radiating at the temperature of 2,046 degrees Kelvin, or the solidification of platinum.

luxuriance (luhg ZHOOR ee uhns) (s) (noun), luxuriances (pl)
Having the characteristics of being lush and abundant and a pleasure to the senses: Manfred was told that his daughter has the luxuriance of very beautiful hair.
maintenance (s) (noun), maintenances (pl)
1: The procedure of keeping an object or place in good condition: The maintenance, or care of the playground, involved repairs jobs, sand cleaning, and disposing of garbage; all of which cost the town more than it had planned.
2: Financial support for a person’s expenses; alimony: Not only did Greg have to keep up his own maintenance of living, but he also had to pay for his two children who were living with their mother, his former wife.
malfeasance (s) (noun), malfeasances (pl)
Sinfulness, wrongdoing, or vileness; specifically, official misconduct on the part of someone in public employment: The mayor of the city was convicted of three counts of malfeasance involving illegal financial payments which happened during his first term.
An illegal or wrongful conduct.
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An unlawful act.
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malignancy (s) (noun), malignancies (pl)
1. A tendency to do bad things to others: The legends of ancient lands are filled with rulers who showed great malignancies towards their enemies.
2. An expression of a desire to inflict injury or suffering on others: The malignancy which the invading hordes showed towards the farmers was excessive and unjustified.
militancy (s) (noun), militancies (pl)
Active, determined, and often willing to use force or warfare to achieve an objective.
misfeasance (s) (noun), misfeasances (pl)
1. In law, the abuse of lawful authority in order to achieve a desired result.
2. An improper and unlawful execution of an act that in itself is lawful and proper.
monstrance (s) (noun), monstrances (pl)
In the Roman Catholic Church, a receptacle that holds the Host (the consecrated bread or wafer of the Eucharist or Communion for the Mass) [Latin: monstrum, "portent, monster" from monstrare, "to show, point out, indicate"].