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  • n. The quality or state of being knowable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality or condition of being (easily) recognized, known, or comprehended.


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  • Chaos theory, similarlyeven if it be reconciled with classical physics as Plotnitsky suggestputs absolute limits to the "knowability" of the underlying deterministic origins of a world that can only be understood as a dynamically emergent system.

    Complexity and Order.

  • The Keynesian approach, with its emphasis on constant fiscal tinkering on the economy, relies far more on certainty and "knowability" than monetarism.

    The American Spectator

  • "knowability" of the real world, but they often assume that the concrete particulars of the world are adequately described by the abstractions that have proved useful for limited purposes in their own disciplines - an assumption that Whitehead called the "fallacy of misplaced concreteness." - Paying Attention to 9/11 Related News

  • That is a role that celebrities from robber barons to rock stars have served ever since, combining "knowability with distance" to make themselves at once intensely familiar and strangely remote.

    Intensely Familiar, Yet Strangely Remote

  • Before grappling with the all-important advent of radio, television and film, he treats us to a discussion of how the gossip columns of mass - circulation newspapers played with the dialectics of attraction and repulsion, knowability and distance in the lives of the Gilded Age's newly rich, whether Vanderbilts, Rockefellers, Astors, Morgans, Hearsts or Fricks.

    Intensely Familiar, Yet Strangely Remote

  • Respect for precedent, when it exists, promotes knowability of the law, consistency in application of the law, predictability of legal outcomes, and other desirable ends.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » An Act for the Relief of Sick and Disabled Seamen

  • He has some great speeches but that does not translate into knowability as the executive of the most powerful country in the free world.

    Poll: Twenty-Eight Percent Of Hillary Supporters Would Back McCain If Obama Wins

  • Must we tell Benjamin that he isno longer knowable according to the terms by which we have, conventionally, established knowability?

    Archive 2009-10-01

  • It was in Josef Pieper's The Silence of St. Thomas: " . . . it is part of the very nature of things that their knowability cannot be exhausted by any finite intelligence . . . the very element which makes them capable of being known must necessarily be at the same time the reason why things are unfathomable."

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • It is quite another thing for that illusion of complete knowability to be reproduced on a mass scale and projected in newspapers and magazines, on the silver screen, on the small screen, on the screen of your smartphone.

    Painting Faces


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