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Noun: quiddity  kwi-di-tee
  1. An evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections
    - quibble, cavil
  2. The essence that makes something the kind of thing it is and makes it different from any other
    - haecceity

Derived forms: quiddities

Type of: center [US], centre [Brit, Cdn], core, equivocation, essence, evasion, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, kernel, marrow, meat, nitty-gritty, nub, pith, substance, sum

Encyclopedia: Quiddity