Definitions

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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