Definitions

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  • n. The quality of being viewy, or of having unpractical views.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being viewy, or of having unpractical views.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character or state of being viewy or speculative.

Etymologies

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viewy +‎ -ness

Examples

  • Nothing is more remarkable in Coleridge's contributions to the _Morning Post_ than their thoroughly workmanlike character from the journalistic point of view, their avoidance of "viewiness," their strict adherence to the one or two simple points which he is endeavouring at any particular juncture in politics to enforce upon his readers, and the steadiness with which he keeps his own and his readers 'attention fixed on the special political necessities of the hour.

    English Men of Letters: Coleridge

  • Some one, however, will perhaps object that I am but advocating that spurious philosophism, which shows itself in what, for want of a word, I may call “viewiness,” when I speak so much of the formation, and consequent grasp, of the intellect.

    The Idea of a University Defined and Illustrated: In Nine Discourses Delivered to the Catholics of Dublin

  • Among the educated classes, especially those who have been trained in the European manner, conversions are extremely rare -- sometimes on account of indifferentism and unbelief imported from the west; sometimes for want of practical seriousness of purpose in religious discussion, of which many are extremely fond; and sometimes on account of a certain slackness of mind and a tendency to vague viewiness, or symbolism and poetic fancy instead of a love of facing and gripping facts -- a peculiarity temperamental to the eastern mind.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 7: Gregory XII-Infallability

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