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n. pl. quid·di·ties
1. The real nature of a thing; the essence.
2. A hairsplitting distinction; a quibble.
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]
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]
the essential nature or quality of something that makes it different and distinct from other things and establishes its identity. — quidditative, adj.See also: Philosophy
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|Noun||1.||quiddity - an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections|
|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"