innerness

inner

[in-er]
adjective
1.
situated within or farther within; interior: an inner door.
2.
more intimate, private, or secret: the inner workings of the organization.
3.
of or pertaining to the mind or spirit; mental; spiritual: the inner life.
4.
not obvious; hidden or obscure: an inner meaning.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English; Old English innera, comparative based on the adv. inne within, inside; see inmost, -er4

innerly, adverb, adjective
innerness, noun
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inner (ˈɪnə)
 
adj
1.  being or located further inside: an inner room
2.  happening or occurring inside: inner movement
3.  relating to the soul, mind, spirit, etc: inner feelings
4.  more profound or obscure; less apparent: the inner meaning
5.  exclusive or private: inner regions of the party
6.  chem (of a compound) having a cyclic structure formed or apparently formed by reaction of one functional group in a molecule with another group in the same molecule: an inner ester
 
n
7.  archery Also called: red
 a.  the red innermost ring on a target
 b.  a shot which hits this ring
 
'innerly
 
adv
 
'innerness
 
n

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inner
c.1400, from O.E. inra, comp. of inne (adv.) "inside" (see in). Inner city, in ref. to poverty and crime, is attested from 1968.
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