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From given +‎ -ness.


givenness (countable and uncountable, plural givennesses)

  1. The fact of being given or posited in an argument, hypothesis etc.
    • 2009, Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, Penguin, published 2010, page 803:
      Kant argued like Descartes from the existence of individual consciousness rather than from the givenness of a God found in revelation.
  2. The quality of being given; existence.
    • 1995, Anthony J. Steinbock, Home and Beyond: Generative Phenomenology After Husserl, page 83:
      The process of questioning back displaces the emphasis in phenomenology from an inquiry into modes of givenness, which assumes that there can be a simple starting point, to an inquiry into modes of pregivenness.