This is the scholastic maxim: entia praeter necessitatem non esse multiplicanda.
Of other entia there is generation or destruction, but of Accidents there is none (b. 23).
This termination answers to the Latin antia or entia, and the English ance or ence.
Theories of those who do not recognise a definite number of entia or elements.
All division, distinction and relation are but entia rationis.
Motion and Rest are contraries; yet we say that each and both are Realities or entia.
But, if this were true, no entia could exist; for it may be that they exist potentially, but not yet exist actually (b. 26).
But entia are eternal; therefore these theories must be in part amended: we have shown how (b. 34).
This gives us the proposition that some entia realissima are at the same time absolutely necessary Beings.
This was the common subject, to which all the other entia belonged as predicates, and without which none of them had any reality.