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- adj. Having definite colour markings.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having definite color markings.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Designate; determinate.
- In entomology, having irregular spots or marks resembling letters; lettered.
I call signate matter matter considered under determinate dimensions.
If one takes a thing's nature to be a constituent of it, together with some individuating constituent such as signate or designated matter (materia signata) in the case of material beings, then the notion of an immaterial simple being becomes conceivable.
Material beings are individuated and diversified by their signate matter.
Christ's body was not in Adam and the other patriarchs according to something signate, in the sense that some part of Adam's or of anyone else's body could be singled out and designated as the very matter from which Christ's body was to be formed: but it was there according to origin, just as was the flesh of other men.
Objection 1: It would seem that Christ's body was in Adam and the patriarchs as to something signate.
But other men were not in Adam and Abraham by way of some signate matter, but only according to origin, as stated in the
Therefore Christ was in David, according to something signate, and for the same reason in the other patriarchs.
Consequently Christ's body was in the patriarchs, in no other way than was His Mother's body, which was not in the patriarchs according to signate matter: as neither were the bodies of other men, as stated in the First Part (Q. 119, A. 1, A. 2, ad 4).
Therefore neither was Christ in Adam and Abraham according to something signate; and, for the same reason, neither was He in the other patriarchs.
But the seed of David was something signate in him.