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DIFFERENCE, ESSENTIAL

Unlikeness in kind or type of being when a certain perfection is in no way found in another type of being with which it is being compared. Thus the divine attributes of omniscience and omnipotence are unique to God along and not verified of any creature.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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