[ tur-shee-uhm -kwid; Latin ter-ti-oom -kwid ]
/ ˈtɜr ʃi əm ˈkwɪd; Latin ˈtɛr tɪˌʊm ˈkwɪd /
something related in some way to two things, but distinct from both; something intermediate between two things.
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Origin of tertium quid
1715–25; <Latin, translation of Greek tríton·ti some third thing
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British Dictionary definitions for tertium quid
/ (ˈtɜːtɪəm ˈkwɪd) /
an unknown or indefinite thing related in some way to two known or definite things, but distinct from boththere is either right or wrong, with no tertium quid
Word Origin for tertium quid
C18: from Late Latin, rendering Greek triton ti some third thing
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