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  • n. Something which subsists in another personality or partakes of another hypostasis.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In theology: Substantial or personal existence.
  • n. Possession of personality not independently but by union with a person: sometimes used as a name descriptive of the relation of the human nature of Christ to the person of God the Son.

Etymologies

From ecclesiastical Latin enhypostasia, from Ancient Greek ἐν (en, "in") + ὑπόστασις (hupostasis, "substance, existence, essence"), from ὑπό (hupo-, "under, below") + στάσις (stasis, "standing"). (Wiktionary)

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