plural -es
: the condition of being an existent thing apart from whatever may be known or stated about that thing
: resemblance to or affinity with one of the members and usually the second of a pair or series
metaphor … brings out the thisness of a that, or the thatness of a thisK. D. Burke

Word History


that entry 1 + -ness

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“Thatness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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