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- adjective philosophy, art, linguistics Pertaining to the substance of a work, separate from what is conveyed;
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Heidegger suggests that the "thingness of things" (167) remains remote from us as long as we conceive of things as objects: "the thingly character of the thing does not consist in its being a represented object, nor can it be defined in any way in terms of objectness, the over-againstness, of the object."
What we see is a construction of bits of information into "chunks" and we can identify these chunks because of our "thingly" concepts.
Serendip's Exchange emily 2010
(in contrast to the “thingly” character of mere things and the “equipmental” character of useful objects),
Dictionary of the History of Ideas MONROE C. BEARDSLEY 1968