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- n. Plural form of unfitness.
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Where such love is, let the differences of taste, the unfitnesses of temperament be what they may, the two must by and by be thoroughly one.
The thought of its possibility, nay, probability -- for were not such unfitnesses continually becoming facts?
What is transmitted in history and in science is the record of fitnesses or unfitnesses that have been ascertained by observation, or tested by experience.
But to be more particular, and to shew, that those eternal immutable fitnesses and unfitnesses of things cannot be defended by sound philosophy, we may weigh the following considerations.
Those who affirm that virtue is nothing but a conformity to reason; that there are eternal fitnesses and unfitnesses of things, which are the same to every rational being that considers them; that the immutable measures of right and wrong impose an obligation, not only on human creatures, but also on the Deity himself: All these systems concur in the opinion, that morality, like truth, is discerned merely by ideas, and by their juxta-position and comparison.