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quid·di·ty

 (kwĭd′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. quid·di·ties
1. The real nature of a thing; the essence.
2. A hairsplitting distinction; a quibble.

[Medieval Latin quidditās, from Latin quid, what; see kwo- in Indo-European roots.]
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quiddity

(ˈkwɪdɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. (Philosophy) philosophy the essential nature of something. Compare haecceity
2. a petty or trifling distinction; quibble
[C16: from Medieval Latin quidditās, from Latin quid what]
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quid•di•ty

(ˈkwɪd ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the quality that makes a thing what it is; essential nature.
2. a trifling nicety of subtle distinction, as in argument.
[1530–40; < Medieval Latin quidditās= Latin quid what + -itās -ity]
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quiddity

the essential nature or quality of something that makes it different and distinct from other things and establishes its identity. — quidditative, adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quiddity - an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections
equivocation, evasion - a statement that is not literally false but that cleverly avoids an unpleasant truth
2.quiddity - the essence that makes something the kind of thing it is and makes it different from any other
essence, heart and soul, inwardness, nitty-gritty, pith, substance, gist, kernel, nub, meat, core, sum, marrow, heart, center, centre - the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; "the gist of the prosecutor's argument"; "the heart and soul of the Republican Party"; "the nub of the story"
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Translations

quiddity

[ˈkwɪdɪtɪ] N (Philos) → esencia f; (= quibble) → sutileza f, sofistería f
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quiddity

n
(Philos) → Quiddität f (spec), → Wesen nt
(liter: = quibble) → Spitzfindigkeit f
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References in periodicals archive ?
Contra the primacy of intellection in the dominant Thomistic paradigm, Scotus's model of perception ran from intense and intuitive particularity (the thisness of a thing) toward its abstracter nature (quidditas, what ness), from "intuitive" to "abstractive cognition." (6) And what the former, also called "simple apprehension" (simplex apprehensio), allowed people to cognize were objects both as present and, to some degree, as singular.
(10) La ratio ultima del proceso tiene que ver con esa dimension de justicia que forma parte integral de la relacion objetiva en que consiste el matrimonio, pues <<la quidditas de la comunidad de vida y amor indisolublemente fiel y fecunda, en que consiste el matrimonio, es un vinculo de naturaleza juridica, sin el cual una union entre un varon y una mujer seria mera convivencia sexual de hecho, pero no matrimonio.
These textual examples illustrate the kind of epiphany that Stephen comes to expect of objects in the world: words and things are meant to shine in his brain, their essence or quidditas is meant to be clearer and brighter than any mere objective vestment they might wear.
Ratio en este caso designa el contenido inteligible de una cosa y, por lo tanto, puede ser considerado como un sinonimo de quidditas, esto es, de la esencia.
In the former question essence is understood initially in the sense of whatness (quidditas) or material content (realitas), whereas truth is understood as a characteristic of knowledge.
Letters and the Process of Interpretation." QUIDDITAS 22 (2001):
Each point of a web-like rambling monologue is the (mythic or timeless) center; or, to put it in Ford Madox Ford or Conrad's terms, "life does not narrate." The element of true, live quidditas, of rubble and contingency is registered in his tale-telling.