hic et nunc

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From Latin hic et nunc (here and now).


hic et nunc (comparative more hic et nunc, superlative most hic et nunc)

  1. Here and now, in the immediate present.
    • 1995, Andrew L. Sihler, New Comparative Grammar of Greek and Latin:
      Such sentences explicitly state that something both has taken place and will take place; they are silent about what Bruce and Wayne are doing hic-et-nunc.
    • 2000, Jean Bottéro, Clarisse Herrenschmidt, & Jean-Pierre Vernant, Ancestor of the West, →ISBN, page 51:
      Perhaps, then, it is wiser, more "realistic," and more fruitful first to examine religion not in relation to a group of individuals but in relation to each one of those individuals, hic et nunc, not on a collective level but on a concrete, personal, and above all psychological level.
    • 2012, Alain Mabanckou, Black Bazaar, →ISBN:
      “We need a Marshall Plan hic et nunc” proffered a man who, to camera and in profile, looked like a sole.
    • 2015, Burt Hopkins & Steven Crowell, The New Yearbook for Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy, →ISBN:
      But what, more precisely, distinguishes such an actual perception from a solely possible perception if not its accomplishment hic et nunc?



hic et nunc (not comparable)

  1. Happening here and now, occurring in the immediate present.
    • 1995, Andrew L. Sihler, New Comparative Grammar of Greek and Latin:
      Alice IS WRITING a letter, The tenor IS STRANGLING the soprano, Leigh IS TAKING a shower are examples of genuine hic-et-nunc events.
    • 2012, A. Fried & Joseph Agassi, Psychiatry as Medicine: Contemporary Psychotherapies, →ISBN, page 144:
      Psychology is the study of behavior which transcends (goes beyond) the given, the initially hic et nunc.


hic et nunc (uncountable)

  1. The here and now, the immediate present.
    • 1980, Alexandre Kojeve, Introduction to the Reading of Hegel: Lectures on the Phemenology of Spirit
      The hic et nunc, represented by a point on this line, is determined, fixed, and defined by the past which, through it, determines the future as well.
    • 2012, John Foster, New Masters of Poster Design, Volume 2, →ISBN:
      "I draw every day, mostly what is around me -- not just the places and the people, but the sounds of them...the light on them," he explains. “Something about the hic et nunc (here and now)—by that, I mean I have the feeling that drawing is helping me to understand the unique world around me, always changing. “I design posters for people whose work I admire,” he continues.

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