universal property

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universal property (plural universal properties)

  1. (mathematics) The property of there being a unique morphism from an arbitrary object to the universal morphism of a comma category which is from a functor to a fixed object; or, dually, the property of there being a unique morphism from the universal morphism to an arbitrary object of a comma category which is from a fixed object to a functor. (Caveat: the uniqueness is up to isomorphism.)