What does quiddity mean?

Definitions for quiddityˈkwɪd ɪ ti

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. quibble, quiddity, cavil(noun)

    an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections

  2. quiddity, haecceity(noun)

    the essence that makes something the kind of thing it is and makes it different from any other


  1. quiddity(Noun)

    The essence or inherent nature of a person or thing.

  2. quiddity(Noun)

    A trifle; a nicety or quibble

  3. quiddity(Noun)

    An eccentricity; an odd feature

  4. Origin: From quiddité, and its source, quidditas, from quid + -itas.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quiddity(noun)

    the essence, nature, or distinctive peculiarity, of a thing; that which answers the question, Quid est? or, What is it?

  2. Quiddity(noun)

    a trifling nicety; a cavil; a quibble

  3. Origin: [LL. quidditas, fr. L. quid what, neut. of quis who, akin to E. who: cf. F. quiddit.]


  1. Quiddity

    In scholastic philosophy, quiddity was another term for the essence of an object, literally its "whatness," or "what it is." The term derives from the Latin word "quidditas," which was used by the medieval scholastics as a literal translation of the equivalent term in Aristotle's Greek. It describes properties that a particular substance shares with others of its kind. The question "what is it?" asks for a general description by way of commonality. This is quiddity or "whatness". Quiddity was often contrasted by the scholastic philosophers with the haecceity or "thisness" of an item, which was supposed to be a positive characteristic of an individual that caused them to be this individual, and no other. It is used in this sense in British poet George Herbert's eponymous poem, "Quiddity."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Quiddity

    kwid′i-ti, n. the essence of anything: any trifling nicety: a cavil: a captious question.—adjs. Quidd′ative, Quidd′itātive. [Low L. quidditas—L. quid, what.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of quiddity in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of quiddity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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