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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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


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there +‎ -ness


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

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  • 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

  • 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’.


  • The physicality of Josie struck me again, and the way in which this adds to his reality, to his thereness, his facticity, if that makes sense.

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  • It must be my hereness and thereness, I thought, or the velvet kneebreeches.

    Creatures: A Memoir

  • Lil's own obese body is frequently cause for consternation and distaste, but it also becomes the sign of her unrepentant thereness, in direct contrast to the carefully coiffed and shy ladies of her childhood.

    The Little Professor:

  • Many men and now women seem to think that providing financially is a replacement for providing attention and a sense of “thereness.”

    Reposition Yourself

  • Rosen would then argue that investigating whether this sentence is true should be a perfectly straightforward empirical pursuit, that in no sense have we abrogated “the Realist's rhetoric of objectivity, already-thereness, discovery and detection” (293).

    Moral Anti-Realism


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