Webster 1913 Edition






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, fr. L.
The quality or state of being in a place; local relation; position or location; whereness.

Definition 2021





ubiety (countable and uncountable, plural ubieties)

  1. The state of existing in a specific point in space, thereness.
    • 1737, Benjamin Martin, Bibliotheca Technologica: or, a philological library of literary arts and sciences:
      Ubiety is a Term used with reſpect to ſpiritual Beings, as Locality is with regared to corporeal ones, and is the very ſame Thing, viz. that Part of Space which circumſcribes the Exiſtence of Things at any given Moment of Time, and is commonly call'd their Place.
    • 1753, Isaac Watts, The Works of the Late Reverend and Learned Isaac Watts, D.D., volume 5:
      The place of a ſpirit has been often called ubiety, which may moſt properly refer to ſo much of the material world, of which it has a more evident conſciouſneſs, and on which it can act : In God the infinite Spirit, his ubiety is whereſoever there are objects for his conſiouſneſs and activity : And you may extend this to all poſſible, as well as real and actual worlds, if you pleaſe; for he knows and can do whatever can be known or can be done, and therefore he is ſaid to be every where.
    • 1956, Sidney Hook (editor), American Philosophers At Work: The Philosophic Scene in the United States:
      Physical existence, thus, is essentially spatiotemporal ubiety; and that which has or lacks ubiety, that is, is or is not present at some place in space at some time, is always some what or kind—which may be a kind of substance, or of property, or of relation, or of activity, or of change, or of state, and so on.
    • 2001, Denis Edwards, Earth revealing—earth healing: ecology and Christian theology:
      Swain refers to this "history of Australian Aboriginal being" as a "hermeneutics of ubiety," that is, a hermeneutics of whereness or of being in a definite place.