noun, plural quid·di·ties.
Origin of quiddity
Examples from the Web for quiddity
Aristotle has thus shown how the Essence or Quiddity (τί ἐστι) may become known in this class of cases.Aristotle|George Grote
Whatness and affections (quiddity) of being distinguishes between, ii.Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 4|Plotinos (Plotinus)
The lawyer's clerk, whose name was Quiddity, also set about publishing the whole of the matter abroad.Forgotten Tales of Long Ago|E. V. Lucas
The suchness of being implies a previously existing being and quiddity.Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 1|Plotinos (Plotinus)
There you indeed appreciate the dead-alive city 'in all its quiddity.'A Day's Tour|Percy Fitzgerald
British Dictionary definitions for quiddity
noun plural -ties
Word Origin for quiddity
Word Origin and History for quiddity
"a trifling nicety in argument, a quibble," 1530s, from Medieval Latin quidditas "the essence of things," in Scholastic philosophy, "that which distinguishes a thing from other things," literally "whatness," from Latin quid "what," neuter of indefinite pronoun quis "somebody, someone or other" (see who). Sense developed from scholastic disputes over the nature of things. Original classical meaning "real essence or nature of a thing" is attested in English from late 14c.