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n. pl. de·fin·i·en·da (-də)
A word or expression that is being defined.

[Latin dēfīniendum, neuter gerundive of dēfīnīre, to define; see define.]


n, pl -da (-də)
(Linguistics) something to be defined, esp the term or phrase to be accounted for in a dictionary entry. Compare definiens


(dɪˌfɪn iˈɛn dəm)

n., pl. -da (-də).
a term that is or is to be defined.
[1870–75; < Latin dēfīniendum, neuter ger. of dēfīnīre]


1. an expression that has to be defined in terms of a previously defined expression.
2. anything that has to be defined. — definienda, n., pl.
See also: Logic
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5 Our definiendum, ex hypothesi, is "state punishment.
He says: "This intra-de/iniens priority of form over the 'type-with-type-matter' also grounds its priority over the definiendum.
A definiendum is an as-yet undefined expression which requires definition, and much of the text consists of the townsfolk's attempts to define John's wife, who remains extremely difficult to pin down.
Scientific explanation is through demonstration of the causes of the subject, and the way in which the researcher knows what is essential to the subject and not simply properly accidental is in terms of what is causally fundamental to the definiendum.
The great strength of the older, strict form of dichotomous division is that it prevents the kinds of slipshod divisions we find in Plato's Sophist, divisions in which the successive differentiae bear no essential relationship to their predecessors; that is, dichotomous division prevents the definiendum from falling into a heap of unrelated features having no conceptual unity.
The variable Y in the definiendum (='X smokes Y') corresponds to variables [Y.
Some are constructive in the procedural sense of specifying a definiendum, i.
stands for the definiens, that is, the expressions or concepts by means of which the definiendum is being defined, and "[=.
Still, it is noteworthy that this clause (and each or the additional clauses in his definition of sub-standard or secondary cases) includes a puzzling circularity: The very term "punishment" is included in the definiendum of sub-standard or secondary cases of punishment.
But asymmetry is pointed up from the beginning since Rodefer moves, in the second of the first two poems, directly into a Steinian disjunction between the definiens of the poem and the definiendum of the specific title.
This view can even be supplemented by noting the similarity in the conclusion at Euthyphro 8a8 to other passages in Charmilles and Hippias Major where an apparently contradictory premise is tested against the self-predicative premise for the definiendum.