difformity

Related to difformity: deformity

difformity

(dɪˈfɔːmɪtɪ)
n
archaic the quality of being different or irregular in form
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(2) But Whitehead provided for continuity in nature through the category of "society," the aggregation of actual occasions in both space and time in virtue of a "common element of form." (3) Likewise, Peirce was equally emphatic that chance or spontaneity is also operative in natural processes so that physical laws are statistical generalizations rather than absolute determinations of the way things work; continuity amid such variety in nature is preserved by "the tendency of all things to take habits," to move "from difformity to uniformity." (4)