firstness

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

first +‎ -ness

Noun[edit]

firstness (uncountable)

  1. The quality of being first; originality; priority
    • 1983, Orson Scott Card, The Worthington Chronicle, Ace, →ISBN:
      But it was not swimming and boating again that pleased him. The joy of it was its firstness: never before had a boat rested on the waters of this world; never before had these children seen a human being swim.
    • 2012, Susan Petrilli, Expression and Interpretation in Language[1], Transaction Publishers, →ISBN, page 140:
      Firstness (in-itselfness, originality) helps to explain logico-cognitive processes and therefore, at once, the formation of signs.