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EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Late Latin ēns (thing), from esse (to be). See entity.

NounEdit

ens (plural enses or entia)

  1. (philosophy) An entity or being; an existing thing, as opposed to a quality or attribute.
    • 1860, John Henry Macmahon, A treatise on metaphysics: chiefly in reference to revealed religion, page 195:
      the Nature of the Supreme Ens
  2. (chemistry, alchemy, now historical) Something supposed to condense within itself all the virtues and qualities of a substance from which it is extracted; an essence, an active principle.
    • 2006, Philip Ball, The Devil's Doctor, Arrow 2007, p. 245:
      Here he states that there are five ‘active principles’ – the five Enses or entia – that influence our bodies and give rise to disease []

Etymology 2Edit

Inflected forms.

NounEdit

ens

  1. plural of en

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CatalanEdit

Etymology 1Edit

PronunciationEdit

PronounEdit

ens (proclitic, enclitic nos, contracted enclitic 'ns)

  1. us (direct or indirect object)
DeclensionEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From Latin ēns (being); compare Spanish ente.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

ens m (plural ens)

  1. organization, entity, institution
    ens públic
    public institution

DanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse eins, from Middle Low German eines.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

ens

  1. identical
  2. alike

PronounEdit

ens

  1. genitive of en

LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

Formed as a present participle of sum (to be) in Medieval Latin (and therefore unknown in the Classical period) by using the bare present participial ending -ēns of second and third conjugation verbs, as an analogy to the Ancient Greek present participle ὤν (ṓn) which falsely appears to be the same bare suffix but etymologically corresponds to sōns, both from *h₁es- (to be). See also essentia for a similar formation.

The original present participle sōns had taken on the meaning "guilty" in the Classical period, but the still productive combining form -sēns present in the verbs absum (absēns (absent)) and praesum (praesēns (present)) was ignored in creating this form.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

ēns n (genitive entis); third declension

  1. (Medieval Latin) being
    • 13th c., Boetius of Dacia
      Ens autem aeternum nullum sequitur in duratione; ergo mundus non est aeternus. - Nothing follows the Eternal Being (God) in duration; therefore, the world isn't eternal.

DeclensionEdit

Third-declension noun (neuter, “pure” i-stem).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative ēns entia
Genitive entis entium
Dative entī entibus
Accusative ēns entia
Ablative entī entibus
Vocative ēns entia

DescendantsEdit

ParticipleEdit

ēns (genitive entis); third-declension one-termination participle

  1. being

DeclensionEdit

Third-declension participle.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masc./Fem. Neuter Masc./Fem. Neuter
Nominative ēns entēs entia
Genitive entis entium
Dative entī entibus
Accusative entem ēns entēs
entīs
entia
Ablative ente
entī1
entibus
Vocative ēns entēs entia

1When used purely as an adjective.

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Middle FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French ens.

PrepositionEdit

ens

  1. in; inside

Old FrenchEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin intus.

PrepositionEdit

ens

  1. in; inside

SynonymsEdit

DescendantsEdit

  • Middle French: ens

SwedishEdit

AdverbEdit

ens

  1. even

Derived termsEdit

NounEdit

ens

  1. indefinite genitive singular of en

PronounEdit

ens

  1. genitive of the indefinite pronoun "man"; one's

DeclensionEdit