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n. pl. things-in-them·selves (thĭngz′ĭn-thĕm-sĕlvz′) Philosophy

[Translation of German Ding an sich.]


(Philosophy) (in the philosophy of Kant) an element of the noumenal rather than the phenomenal world, of which the senses give no knowledge but whose bare existence can be inferred from the nature of experience


n., pl. things′-in-themselves′.
(in Kantian philosophy) reality as it is apart from experience. Compare noumenon.
[1650–60; translation of German Ding an sich]
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Noun1.thing-in-itself - the intellectual conception of a thing as it is in itself, not as it is known through perception
cognitive content, mental object, content - the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned
References in classic literature ?
Verily, not in backworlds and redeeming blood-drops: but in the body do they also believe most; and their own body is for them the thing-in-itself.