Definition of nominal essence
: an abstract complex idea that has been given a distinct general name the nominal essences of things, expressed by their common name, rest upon the experienced resemblances that cause objects to fall into different groups and to receive different appellations — B. A. G. Fuller —contrasted with real essence
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