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EtymologyEdit

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

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NounEdit

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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ReferencesEdit

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

LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

Present participle of dēfīniō.

ParticipleEdit

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

  1. limiting, terminating

InflectionEdit

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 dēfīnientia
ablative dēfīniente, dēfīnientī1 dēfīnientibus
vocative dēfīniēns dēfīnientēs dēfīnientia

1When used purely as an adjective.

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