-ness -ness [AS. -ness, -nyss, -nys; akin to OS. -nissi, nussi, D. -nis, OHG. -nissa, -nass[=i], -nuss[=i], G. -nis, -niss, Goth. -inasus.] A suffix used to form abstract nouns expressive of quality or state; as, goodness, greatness. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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