Definitions

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  • n. The property of being here; existence, dasein

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality or fact of being in this place, or of being present.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the state of being here in this place

Etymologies

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From here +‎ -ness

Examples

  • Rather, a state of “hereness” is taking place, which is described in the Tibetan Buddhist literature as nowness.

    Shambhala Sun - Beyond Present, Past, and Future Is The Fourth Moment, By Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

  • It must be my hereness and thereness, I thought, or the velvet kneebreeches.

    Creatures: A Memoir

  • In order to come to grips with the challenge (s) we have as keepers of the momentum of the human struggle to continue to grow our peraonal and collelctive understanding of our amazing world, we need to live and breath an almost poetic sense of the incredible now and hereness of our individual, family, and community lives.

    Think Progress » Time: Rove, Libby Will Resign If Indicted

  • Our “hereness” is a mystery regardless of how we got here, and whether we know the “full story” or not — and most of us do not really understand our heritage in any meaningful way.

    Should anonymous egg and sperm donation be legal?

  • The U.S. wanted the U.N. presence as a legitimating hereness.

    The New Republic - All Feed

  • In some languages one could say, essentially, "The [stepchild]'s propensity for being in the [hereness] I occupy [conditionally] is [for me] a consternation for which [I] blame [nobody] but instead merely observe [the fact that] there are too many people in my space and [that] the stepchild is one of them [but I love her just as much as I love my own child]."

    Tony Phillips: English Lacks Vocabulary for Safe Discussion of Stepchildren

  • i think this is where someone should shake me. please explain my hereness to me, because i forget to write it down sometimes. explain to me how i am supposed to breathe without oxygen. and while you are at it ... explain the guilt thing too. and listen to 'fire and rain'. and you might as well have a good day.

    vampishone Diary Entry

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