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half +‎ -ness


halfness (usually uncountable, plural halfnesses)

  1. The quality of being half; incompleteness.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson
      As soon as there is any departure from simplicity, and attempt at halfness, or good for me that is not good for him, my neighbor feels the wrong.

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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.