• The real nature of a thing; the essence.
  • A hairsplitting distinction; a quibble.
  • In <em>scholastic philos.</em>, that which distinguishes a thing from other things, and makes it what it is, and not another; substantial form; nature.
  • A trifling nicety; a cavil; a quirk or quibble.
  • The essence, nature, or distinctive peculiarity, of a thing; that which answers the question, <ex>Quid est</ex>? or, What is it?
  • A trifling nicety; a cavil; a quibble.
  • The essence or inherent nature of a person or thing.
  • A trifle; a <xref>nicety</xref> or <xref>quibble</xref>
  • An eccentricity; an odd feature
  • an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections
  • the essence that makes something the kind of thing it is and makes it different from any other
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