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Single Idea 11223

[catalogued under 2. Reason / D. Definition / 1. Definitions]

Full Idea

Many definitions have three elements: the term that is defined, an expression containing the defined term (the 'definiendum'), and another expression (the 'definiens') that is equated by the definition with this expression.

Gist of Idea

Definitions usually have a term, a 'definiendum' containing the term, and a defining 'definiens'


Anil Gupta (Definitions [2008], 2)

Book Reference

'Stanford Online Encyclopaedia of Philosophy', ed/tr. Stanford University [], p.6

A Reaction

He notes that the definiendum and the definiens are assumed to be in the 'same logical category', which is a right can of worms.