One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Philosophy. In phenomenology: an object of perception or thought, as opposed to a process or aspect of perceiving or thinking.
Mid 16th century (in an earlier sense). From ancient Greek νόημα thought, perception, idea, concept from νοεῖν to see, perceive, understand, intend + -μα. In sense 1, after Quintilian's use and definition of the term ( Inst. Oratoria 8. 5. 12).
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