tertium quid


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ter·ti·um quid

 (tûr′shē-əm kwĭd′, tĕr′tē-o͝om′)
n.
1. Something that cannot be classified into either of two groups considered exhaustive; an intermediate thing or factor.
2. A third person or thing of indeterminate character.

[Late Latin : Latin tertium, from neuter of tertius, third + quid, something.]

tertium quid

(ˈtɜːtɪəm ˈkwɪd)
n
an unknown or indefinite thing related in some way to two known or definite things, but distinct from both: there is either right or wrong, with no tertium quid.
[C18: from Late Latin, rendering Greek triton ti some third thing]

ter•ti•um quid

(ˈtɜr ʃi əm ˈkwɪd, ˈtɛər ti-)
n.
1. something related in some way to two things, but distinct from both; something intermediate between two things.
2. a third person or thing of indeterminate character.
[1715–25; < Latin, translation of Greek tríton ti some third thing]
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Noun1.tertium quid - some third thing similar to two opposites but distinct from both
oppositeness, opposition - the relation between opposed entities
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