outness

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Possibly coined by George Berkeley for his 1709 Essay Towards a New Theory of Vision

Noun[edit]

outness (uncountable)

  1. (philosophy) The collective of things that are distinct from the observer.
  2. (philosophy) The property of being distinct.
    • 2008, John Veitch, Hamilton:
      Distance means degree of outness of one thing from another; but it presupposes outness as a fact and a conception.

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Etymology 2[edit]

Popularised by Lynne Pearlman in her 1989 thesis Theorizing Lesbian Oppression and the Politics of Outness in the Case of Waterman v. National Life Assurance

Noun[edit]

outness (uncountable)

  1. The extent to which someone, particularly a lesbian, is open about her sexuality.
    • 2008, Debra A. Hope, Contemporary Perspectives on Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Identities:
      Couples who are discrepant on outness may have conflict around such issues as where to live (e.g. in an obvious gay neighbourhood), whether to bring a partner to work-related social events, and how to introduce their partner to family members.

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