Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality or state of being first.
  • n. The quality or state of being prime, or excellent.
  • n. The quality of being prime, or a prime number.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being first.
  • n. The quality or state of being prime, or excellent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being prime or first; supreme excellence.

Etymologies

prime +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The primeness of one as someone has pointed out above is an excellent illustration.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Yow!

  • One does not partake or fail to partake of Platonic primeness.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Yow!

  • A prime number has the same primeness whether thought about by a human or some ET.

    If Aliens Decided to Destroy Humanity, Could We Blame Them?

  • He has attended Mr. Groves of Charing Cross, and Mr. Giblett of Bond Street, in a course of purchases of fish and meat; and is able at a glance to recognize the age of mutton, the primeness of beef, the firmness and freshness of fish of all kinds.

    The Fitz-Boodle Papers

  • So when I noted that 3421 was “not even prime,” it was as if to prove that it is not noteworthy in any way whatsoever,** not to assert that primeness is the most desirable of qualities.

    dustbury.com » In search of prime locations

  • When associated with affectation, it is in literature what assumption of dignity, grand airs and primeness are in society; and equally intolerable.

    The Art of Literature

  • Surely there was nothing in the primeness of the butter or the freshness of the eggs to change careless looking faces into such expressions of gratification, or to light dull eyes with such gladness.

    Iola Leroy, Or Shadows Uplifted.

  • At last, there were very distinct allusions made by the oldest gentleman of the party to one Whitecross Street, at which the young gentleman, notwithstanding his primeness and his spirit, and his knowledge of life into the bargain, reclined his head upon the table, and howled dismally.

    The Pickwick papers

  • If I desire to prove that every even number greater than two is the sum of two primes, that desire gets its intentionality from the intentionality of my concepts of evenness, primeness, etc.

    The Prosblogion

  • a glance to recognize the age of mutton, the primeness of beef, the firmness and freshness of fish of all kinds.

    The Fitz-Boodle Papers

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