niceness

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From nice +‎ -ness.

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Noun[edit]

niceness (countable and uncountable, plural nicenesses)

  1. (obsolete) Silliness; folly. [16th c.]
  2. Effeminacy; indulgence in soft living or luxuriousness. [from 16th c.]
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.10:
      He was a good Citizen, of an honest-gentle nature, as are commonly fat and burly men; for so was he: But to speake truely of him, full of ambitious vanitie and remisse nicenesse [transl. mollesse].
  3. (obsolete) Shyness; reserve. [16th-19th c.]
  4. Fastidiousness; fine sensitivity. [from 17th c.]
  5. Pleasantness, especially of behaviour or personality; agreeableness. [from 19th c.]
  6. (computing, Unix) A value determining how much processor time to concede to a running process. (See also nice (verb), renice.)

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