Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being out or beyond; separateness.
  • noun Hence In metaphysics, the state of being out of, and distinguishable from, the perceiving mind, and not merely from the ego or subject; externality.

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

  • noun The state of being out or beyond; separateness.
  • noun (Metaph.) The state or quality of being distinguishable from the perceiving mind, by being in space, and possessing material quality; externality; objectivity.

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  • noun The extent to which someone, particularly a lesbian, is open about her sexuality.
  • noun philosophy The collective of things that are distinct from the observer.
  • noun philosophy The property of being distinct.

Etymologies

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Popularised by Lynne Pearlman in her 1989 thesis Theorizing Lesbian Oppression and the Politics of Outness in the Case of Waterman v. National Life Assurance

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Possibly coined by George Berkeley for his 1709 Essay Towards a New Theory of Vision

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