Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The quality of having location, situation, or existence with respect to some specified point or place.

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  • noun philosophy The quality of being there, or in some place; presence; existence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the state of being there--not here--in position
  • noun real existence

Etymologies

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there +‎ -ness

Examples

  • There's a "thereness" to the action, fleeting and fantastical but somehow also grounded and natural.

    Jose Antonio Vargas: With "Avatar," Technology Has Never Looked So Human in Film (VIDEO)

  • In Antonello's work - and there are fewer than 40 paintings which are indisputably his - there's a special Sicilian sense of thereness which is without measure, which refuses moderation or self-protection.

    New Statesman

  • In the words of one Japanese garden designer, the scene must lose its "thereness" so as to put the viewer into the frame.

    Not PC

  • In the words of one Japanese garden designer, the scene must lose its "thereness" so as to put the viewer into the frame.

    Not PC

  • In the words of one Japanese garden designer, the scene must lose its "thereness" so as to put the viewer into the frame.

    Not PC

  • In the words of one Japanese garden designer, the scene must lose its "thereness" so as to put the viewer into the frame.

    Not PC

  • In the words of one Japanese garden designer, the scene must lose its "thereness" so as to put the viewer into the frame.

    Not PC

  • If the prospect of a minister running the country by Blackberry seems frightening, the strangely unthere-thereness of Environment Minister Hilary Benn's appearance this week is surely worse.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • If the prospect of a minister running the country by Blackberry seems frightening, the strangely unthere-thereness of Environment Minister Hilary Benn's appearance this week is surely worse.

    Wednesday lunchtime update

  • Verstehen basically means ‘thereness’, ‘openness to experience’, or ‘primordial comprehendability’.

    enowning

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