[ enz, ens ]
/ ɛnz, ɛns /
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noun, plural en·ti·a [en-shee-uh, -tee-uh], /ˈɛn ʃi ə, -ti ə/, Metaphysics.
an existing or real thing; an entity.
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Origin of ens
<Latin ēns, present participle of esse to be
Other definitions for ens (2 of 2)
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How to use ens in a sentence
Thomas goes on to contradict Aristotle, in holding quod nullum ens esset nisi corpus.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume II of II)|Henry Osborn Taylor
Appetency, ap′pet-ens-i, n. a seeking after: craving or appetite: desire, especially sensual desire—also Ap′petence.
How can we conceive Non-Ens: or confound together two distinct realities?
To admit this, we must assume the thing that is not (or Non-Ens, Nothing) to have a real existence.
Non-Ens, or Nothing, is not the name of any existing thing, or of any Something.
British Dictionary definitions for ens (1 of 2)
/ (ɛnz) /
noun plural entia (ˈɛnʃɪə) metaphysics
being or existence in the most general abstract sense
a real thing, esp as opposed to an attribute; entity
Word Origin for ens
C16: from Late Latin, literally: being, from Latin esse to be
British Dictionary definitions for ens (2 of 2)
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