Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or character of being undesigned; freedom from design or set purpose.
- n. The state or quality of being undesigned.
- undesigned + -ness (Wiktionary)
“The undesignedness of the coincidence establishes the genuineness of both the Epistle and the history.”
“I persuade myself that he will find the proofs, both of agreement, and undesignedness, supplied by these epistles, sufficient to support the conclusion which is there maintained, in favour both of the genuineness of the writings and the truth of the narrative.”
“In every narrative we perceive simplicity and undesignedness; the air and the language of reality.”
“&c. The undesignedness of the coincidence thus indirectly brought out is incompatible with forgery.”
“(which undesignedness is gathered from their latency, their minuteness, their obliquity, the suitableness of the circumstances in which they consist to the places in which those circumstances occur, and the circuitous references by which they are traced out) demonstrates that they have not been produced by meditation, or by any fraudulent contrivance.”
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