Definitions for quiddityˈkwɪd ɪ ti
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
quid•di•tyˈkwɪd ɪ ti(n.)(pl.)-ties.
the quality that makes a thing what it is; essential nature.
a trifling nicety of subtle distinction, as in argument.
Origin of quiddity:
1530–40; < ML quidditās= L quid what +-itās -ity
quibble, quiddity, cavil(noun)
an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections
the essence that makes something the kind of thing it is and makes it different from any other
The essence or inherent nature of a person or thing.
A trifle; a nicety or quibble
An eccentricity; an odd feature
Origin: From quiddité, and its source, quidditas, from quid + -itas.
the essence, nature, or distinctive peculiarity, of a thing; that which answers the question, Quid est? or, What is it?
a trifling nicety; a cavil; a quibble