thingness

noun
thing·​ness | \ ˈthiŋ-nəs How to pronounce thingness (audio) \

Definition of thingness

: the quality or state of objective existence or reality

Examples of thingness in a Sentence

conceptual artists have taken the thingness out of art, asserting that the artistic vision is embodied in the concept and not in any particular object
Recent Examples on the Web But these moments of exhilaration, and greatness, and surprise are too often offset by a too-much-of-a-good-thingness (especially due to length), and carbon copied moments from Empire and Jedi. Simon Abrams, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of thingness

1896, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of thingness was in 1896

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thingman

thingness

things personal

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Cite this Entry

“Thingness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thingness. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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