Quiddity meaning

kwĭdĭ-tē
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The real nature of a thing; the essence.
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The essential quality of a thing.
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(philosophy) The essence or inherent nature of a person or thing.
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(law) A trifle; a nicety or quibble.
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An eccentricity; an odd feature.
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A hairsplitting distinction; a quibble.
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A trifling distinction; quibble.
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Origin of quiddity

  • Medieval Latin quidditās from Latin quid what kwo- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French quiddité, and its source, Late Latin quidditas, from Latin quid + -itas.

    From Wiktionary