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From Middle English onnesse, annesse, from Old English ānnes (oneness, unity, agreement, covenant, solitude), equivalent to one +‎ -ness.


oneness (countable and uncountable, plural onenesses)

  1. (uncountable) State of being one or undivided; unity.
    • 2013 June 7, David Simpson, “Fantasy of navigation”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 26, page 36:
      It is tempting to speculate about the incentives or compulsions that might explain why anyone would take to the skies in [the] basket [of a balloon]: […]; perhaps to moralise on the oneness or fragility of the planet, or to see humanity for the small and circumscribed thing that it is; […].
  2. (countable) The product of being one or undivided.

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