thatness

noun that·ness

Definition of thatness

plural -es
1 :the condition of being an existent thing apart from whatever may be known or stated about that thing
2 :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 this
  • —K. D. Burke

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Origin and Etymology of thatness

1that + -ness


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