One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The quality of being predicated essentially of a subject; an instance of this.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Abraham Fraunce (?1559–?1593), poet and lawyer. From post-classical Latin perseitas self-subsistence from classical Latin per sē by itself, corresponding to ancient Greek καθ' αὑτό, as used by Aristotle, Analytica posteriora 73a26 + -tās.
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