Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being as it ought to be; rightness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun rare The state of being as a thing ought to be; rightness.

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  • noun rare The obligatoriness of future actions or future states of affairs which are morally worthy of being produced through human effort.

Etymologies

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From ought +‎ -ness.

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  • The Metaphysics of Oughtness, by Francis L. Patton. Mannipay, Strong and Asbury, Printers, 1887. 32 pp.

    March 23, 2011