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Originally: †the state of being liable to something; liability (obsolete). Now: offensiveness, objectionableness, odiousness.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Blount (1618–1679), antiquary and lexicographer. From post-classical Latin obnoxietas subjection, submission, liability from classical Latin obnoxius + -etās.
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