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Distinctive property that belongs to one divine person in the Trinity and distinguishes it from the other two. The person-forming properties are fatherhood (first person), son (second person), and passive spiration (third person). The one distinguishing property is originlessness in the Father. Since active spiration is a common property of two persons, the Father and Son, it is not a property in the strict sense.
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