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apert +‎ -ness


apertness (uncountable)

  1. (archaic) openness; frankness
    • 1669, William Holder, Elements of Speech
      The freedom or apertness and vigour of pronuncing, as [] in the Bocca Romana, and giving somewhat more of Aspiration; and the closeness and muffling, and laziness of speaking, render the sound of speech different.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for apertness in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)