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the state or quality of being external
outward expression
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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  • Merely that the thoughts have become audible by blending with them a sense of outness gives them a sort of reality.

  • From resistance, or the sensation produced when something 'resists our attempts to grasp it,' we get the 'outness.'

  • Take away from sounds the sense of outness, and what a horrible disease would every minute become!

    Anima Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • How from sensations do we get what Berkeley called 'outness'?

Word Origin and History for outness

1709, from out (adv.) + -ness.

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