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.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masc./Fem. Neuter Masc./Fem. Neuter
Nominative dēfīniēns dēfīnientēs dēfīnientia
Genitive dēfīnientis dēfīnientium
Dative dēfīnientī dēfīnientibus
Accusative dēfīnientem dēfīniēns dēfīnientēs, dēfīnientīs dēfīnientia
Ablative dēfīniente, dēfīnientī1 dēfīnientibus
Vocative dēfīniēns dēfīnientēs dēfīnientia

1When used purely as an adjective.