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Definition of 'inwardness'


  1. the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; "the gist of the prosecutor's argument"; "the heart and soul of the Republican Party"; "the nub of the story"
       Synonyms: kernel substance core center essence gist heart heart and soul marrow meat nub pith sum nitty-gritty
  2. preoccupation especially with one's attitudes and ethical or ideological values; "the sensitiveness of James's characters, their seeming inwardness"; "Socrates' inwardness, integrity, and inquisitiveness"
       Antonyms: outwardness
  3. the quality or state of being inward or internal; "the inwardness of the body's organs"
       Antonyms: outwardness externality
  4. preoccupation with what concerns human inner nature (especially ethical or ideological values); "Socrates' inwardness, integrity, and inquisitiveness"- H.R.Finch
       Antonyms: outwardness

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