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
dēfīnientī 1
dēfīniente
dēfīnientī 1
dēfīnientibus dēfīnientibus
vocative dēfīniēns dēfīniēns dēfīnientēs dēfīnientia

1 When used purely as an adjective.