word-forming element making adjectives from nouns or verbs, from French -ent and right from Latin -entem (nominative -ens), current participle closing of verbs in -ere/-ire. Old French changed it in several terms to -ant, but after c.1500 some of those in English were altered back into the thing that was said to be proper Latin. See -ant.
An adjective suffix signifying activity or being; since, corrodent, exemplary, emergent, continent, quiescent. See -ant.