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Deriving from the present participle of the Greek verb "to be," it is the study of being. Ontology studies being in its general, common nature rather than in its particular types and instances. It is also known as the study of first principles or metaphysics.

Glossary definitions provided courtesy of Church Publishing Incorporated, New York, NY,(All Rights reserved) from "An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, A User Friendly Reference for Episcopalians," Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors.