separativeness

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

separative +‎ -ness

NounEdit

separativeness (uncountable)

  1. The quality of being separative.
    • 1843, G. N. Wright, China, in a Series of Views, Displaying the Scenery, Architecture, and Social Habits of That Ancient Empire, London: Fisher, Son, & Co., Volume 1, “Lake See-Hoo,” pp. 8-9,[1]
      Females are excluded from all participation in these enjoyments, their appearance in such expeditions being deemed derogatory to the privacy and separativeness of the sexes in China []
    • 1895, James Westfall Thompson, The Development of the French Monarchy under Louis VI. Le Gros, 1108-1137, University of Chicago Press, Chapter 6, p. 69,[2]
      The vice of feudalism was its separativeness. Investiture was the only means of contact which the king had with many fiefs.
    • 1928, Wayland F. Vaughan, The Lure of Superiority: A Study in the Psychology of Motives, Garden City, NY: The Country Life Press, Part 2, Chapter 7, pp. 202-203,[3]
      The voluntary separativeness of the Jewish people turned, in time, into an enforced ostracism.
    • 1993, Karin Lofthus Carrington, “Women Loving Women: Speaking the Truth in Love” in Robert H. Hopcke, Karin Lofthus Carrington and Scott Wirth (eds.), Same-Sex Love and the Path to Wholeness, Boston: Shambhala, p. 91,[4]
      It became clear that through my experiences of loving women and being loved by them, eros had called me beyond my separativeness, beyond those constricting separate chambers in my own heart.