Definitions

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  • n. The quality of being first; originality; priority

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality or state of being first.
  • n. In the phenomenology of C. S. Peirce, the mode of being of that which is whatever it is regardless of anything else.

Etymologies

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first +‎ -ness

Examples

  • In Kant's critical system, the aesthetic does not come in the first place but the third, as the subject matter of the Critique of Judgement or Third Critique, and yet this third position acquires in the end a kind of firstness or at least secondariness.

    Subjecticity (On Kant and the Texture of Romanticism)

  • Brezhnev is "first among equals" of course, but his "firstness," however much it derives from a base of collective power, is still of a quality that cannot be challenged.

    Brezhnev and After

  • California cannot claim firstness, it does have the claim on bigness and that really matters.

    Harry Fuller: De-regulation is Good. Will California Finally Kill This Myth?

  • This would take Hillary's issue -- her firstness -- away from her, and Hillary would become a lot more like just another Democratic pol.

    Does the Palin pick make it more or less in Hillary's interest for McCain to win?

  • At last a chance to almost weigh in first and not say anything about the mere firstness of it!

    Firedoglake » Protein Wisdom or Dutch Courage?

  • Will the BBC's new guidelines about accuracy over firstness, delayed showing of troubling images (i.e. Beslan, New Orleans) influence other channels, already criticized by an ITV journalist, calling it a "negation of modern television journalism"?

    A TIME TO CHANGE: THE MEDIA DEBATES ITSELF

  • I believe, then, that Jesus Christ is the eternal son of the eternal father; that from the first of firstness Jesus is the son, because God is the father — a statement imperfect and unfit because an attempt of human thought to represent that which it cannot grasp, yet which it so believes that it must try to utter it even in speech that cannot be right.

    Unspoken Sermons Third Series

  • I believe, then, that Jesus Christ is the eternal son of the eternal father; that from the first of firstness Jesus is the son, because God is the father -- a statement imperfect and unfit because an attempt of human thought to represent that which it cannot grasp, yet which it so believes that it must try to utter it even in speech that cannot be right.

    Unspoken Sermons Series I., II., and II.

  • His beginning hath had no beginning other than His Own firstness and His end knoweth no end save His Own lastness.

    Selections From the Writings of the Báb

  • It knoweth no beginning, inasmuch as the First deriveth its firstness from It; and knoweth no end, for the

    Selections From the Writings of the Báb

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