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 History of this Word

"ness" is from "nes" spoken by people in England during 450-1100 A.D.

Notes

In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word.

More words with this suffix,
darkness
kindness
beingness
childness

Words related to this meaning

grammar is modifier

"-ness" is a type of suffix

Definition

A word ending that indicates quality or condition. Created by people to expand meaning of words. Can be added to the end of many words.

Examples of how the word is used

-ness illustration I can adjust the brightness and contrast, but it will not save after the settings are adjusted
-ness illustration Now take a big breath and find your center to achieve some inner calmness and peace.