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cofinal (not comparable)
- (order theory) Of a subset of a partially ordered set; containing elements at least as late as any given element of the set, relative to the given partial order.
- The Archimedean property of real numbers means that the natural numbers form a cofinal subset of ℝ.
2007 November 29, Manfred Kupffer, “An Unintentional Defense of the Indeterminacy of Meaning?”, in Erkenntnis, volume 68, number 2, DOI:10.1007/s10670-007-9090-x:
- In order to apply this result to Quine’s project of radical translation, we take X to be the set of all Native observation sentences and construe an observational sub-language that contains only observation sentences and all their syntactic parts such that X is cofinal in the set of expressions of the sub-language.
containing elements at least as late as any given element of the containing set