definiens

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin, substantive use of dēfīniēns ‎([a] defining), present active participle of dēfīniō ‎(I set bounds to”, “I define).

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Noun[edit]

definiens ‎(plural definientia)

  1. (semantics) The word or phrase that defines the definiendum in a definition.
    In the defining statement “A lake is a large, landlocked, naturally occurring stretch of water”, “large, landlocked, naturally occurring stretch of water” is the definiens.

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References[edit]

  • definiens at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • Notes:
  1. ^ definiens” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [2nd Ed.; 1989]

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Present participle of dēfīniō

Participle[edit]

dēfīniēns m, f, n ‎(genitive dēfīnientis); third declension

  1. limiting, terminating

Inflection[edit]

Third declension, neuter nominative singular like masculine/feminine.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masc./Fem. Neuter Masc./Fem. Neuter
nominative dēfīniēns dēfīniēns dēfīnientēs dēfīnientia
genitive dēfīnientis dēfīnientis dēfīnientium dēfīnientium
dative dēfīnientī dēfīnientī dēfīnientibus dēfīnientibus
accusative dēfīnientem dēfīniēns dēfīnientēs dēfīnientia
ablative dēfīniente, dēfīnientī1 dēfīniente, dēfīnientī2 dēfīnientibus dēfīnientibus
vocative dēfīniēns dēfīniēns dēfīnientēs dēfīnientia

1When used purely as an adjective.
2When used purely as an adjective.