now·​ness ˈnau̇-nəs How to pronounce nowness (audio)
: the quality or state of existing or occurring in or belonging to the present time

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web What adds newness, nowness, and freshness are ingenious details, novel styling permutations, and innovative fabrics. Lisa Armstrong, Harper's BAZAAR, 26 Sep. 2017 This eclipse is happening along your axis of nowness, and you’re being asked to return to the innocent potency of lighting the match without having to envision the entirety of the territory. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, 19 Aug. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1674, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nowness was in 1674

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Cite this Entry

“Nowness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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