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From I +‎ -ness. Compare earlier I-hood; later me-ness.


I-ness (usually uncountable, plural I-nesses)

  1. I-hood.
    • 1984, Martin Heidegger, The metaphysical foundations of logic:
      Likewise, if "I" is the object of the ontological interpretation, then this is not the individual I-ness, of my self, but I-ness in its metaphysical neutrality; we call this neutral I-ness "egoicity."
    • 2010, Alistair Conwell, The Audible Life Stream:
      The Marriage of Time and 'I' This concept of time is closely tied up with our illusory sense of 'I-ness'.