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différance

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From French différance ‘deferral’ (coined in this sense by Derrida), from différer ‘to postpone’; but punning on différence ‘difference’.

NounEdit

différance (uncountable)

  1. (literary theory, linguistics) The endless deferral of any ultimate meaning in a word or sentence, owing to the necessity of recourse to a potentially infinite series of other, equally uncertain words or signs.