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aboutness (plural aboutnesses)
- The relevance of a text to its reader. [First attested in the early 20th century.]
1982, William Cadbury & Leland A. Poague, Film Criticism: A Counter Theory, ISBN 0813803527, page 19:
- The experience of attending to how a good film works la a matter of understanding the composition and the inexhaustible flow of "aboutnesses," relevancies to the world that emerge from the interaction of qualities of meaningfulness that attend such a web of forms and connotations, such a design.
1996, Brian C. O'Connor, Explorations in Indexing and Abstracting, ISBN 1563081849, page 147:
- Movie critics provide a good example of aboutness judgments. When some critics rave and others pan, it is not because they have seen different physical texts; rather, all the technical knowledge, topical knowledge, emotions and beliefs of each critic are being engaged in the construction of a response to the physical text.