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- adj. Of or relating to dimensions or limits.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Without dimensions; marking dimensions or the limits.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Diametral; pertaining to the principal axes of a body or figure.
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Now quantity is twofold, namely dimensive and virtual.
He is really present in the Eucharist, but His real presence is not dimensive.
He distinguished between being in place by “contact of dimensive quantity, as bodies are, [and] contact of power” (S.T. I, 8, 2, ad 1).
On this subject Sharpe seems to accept the essentials of Aquinas™ doctrine, since he affirms that (i) the universal-man is compounded of both common matter and form and that (ii) matter as affected by dimensive quantity and other accidental properties (materia quanta et accidentibus substrata) is the very principle of individuation, since it causes the passage from the level of universals to that of singulars (ibid., pp. 137-39).
Reply Obj. 1: Charity is not subject to dimensive, but only to virtual quantity: and the latter depends not only on the number of objects, namely whether they be in greater number or of greater excellence, but also on the intensity of the act, namely whether a thing is loved more, or less; it is in this way that the virtual quantity of charity increases.
And therefore dimensive quantity is the subject of the other accidents remaining in this sacrament, rather than conversely.
But the dimensive quantity of the bread remains in this sacrament, as is evident to our senses.
Reply Obj. 1: Although no matter is there out of which a thing may be generated, nevertheless dimensive quantity supplies the place of matter, as stated above.
Nevertheless, since the substance of Christ's body is not really deprived of its dimensive quantity and its other accidents, hence it comes that by reason of real concomitance the whole dimensive quantity of Christ's body and all its other accidents are in this sacrament.
Objection 1: It seems that the whole dimensive quantity of Christ's body is not in this sacrament.