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a. A statement of the meaning of a word, phrase, or term, as in a dictionary entry.
b. A statement or description of the fundamental character or scope of something: "[The panel] calls for a clearer definition of the status of people captured in American military operations" (Economist).
2. The act or process of stating a precise meaning or significance; formulation of a meaning: The definition of terms is essential to any successful scholarly study.
3. The state of being clearly outlined: "With the drizzle, the trees in the little clearing had lost definition" (Anthony Hyde).
4. The level of detail in a recording, production, or digital encoding of an image or sound.

[Middle English diffinicioun, from Old French definition, from Latin dēfīnītiō, dēfīnītiōn-, from dēfīnītus, past participle of dēfīnīre, to define; see define.]

def′i·ni′tion·al adj.
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His main themes are definitional and conceptual issues in social skills assessment and intervention, assessment strategies, multi-tiered social-emotional interventions, and social-emotional assessment and intervention strategies for specific populations.
Rajib, however, expects it is unlikely that the SEC will get into this level of definitional regulation, particularly because the SEC has previously examined in-depth the payment of sub-TA fees.
The beginning of the ontology Crivelli offers, in order to account for how something can be and not be, is found in his distinction between definitional and ordinary readings (Chapter four).
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To start, the discussion is plagued with definitional issues.
First among their objectives was to create a shared framework for understanding the definitional elements of "college, career, and citizenship readiness" (CCCR) that will serve as a compass for state-to-local actions.
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Table 3 shows the official statistics published by each country, the statistics on a common basis (after definitional and methodological adjustments), the reconciled statistics (after statistical adjustments), and the total adjustment for each major current-account component.
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Given its subject matter, the volume turns the editorial vice of not insisting on definitional and analytical congruity across the chapters into the virtue of allowing the reader to encounter a compelling range of "voices.