ostensive definition


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Noun1.ostensive definition - a definition that points out or exhibits instances of the term defined
definition - a concise explanation of the meaning of a word or phrase or symbol
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or the word "that" in the ostensive definition "that is called.
All nominal definitions, if pushed back far enough, must lead ultimately to terms having only ostensive definitions, and in the case of an empirical science the empirical terms must depend upon terms of which the ostensive definition is given in perception.
It is because of the term's ostensive definition in the literature that understanding is restricted.
An ostensive definition points people directly to an object of reference.
The usual method of moving outside of language in order to connect language with the world is to perform a deictic or ostensive definition, explaining the meaning of a word by pointing at something.
Words whose referents are things in the real world can be taught by ostensive definition, simply by pointing to their referents.
The artifact that contains the ostensive definition exists, but without on-going performance, it becomes meaningless.
However, the type (the referent in an ostensive definition for a taxon name; see Ghiselin, 1997; Ereshefsky, 2001) and the name's rank do not serve to define the limits of a taxon in the context of a given taxonomy.
The ostensive definition suffers from the drawback that one has to know what an EG is before one can point to it.
Never mind that no one's making a killing selling email software or that it seems almost like an ostensive definition of a commodity application.
His rendering of the private language argument, for example--according to which the reason there is no distinction between correct and incorrect uses of the private linguist's sign "S" is not merely that the private linguist cannot check that his use of "S" accords with the meaning he originally conferred upon it, but that he failed by means of his inner ostensive definition to confer a meaning on it in the first place--is to be found in various other writers.
As with so much of Wittgenstein's work, there are widely diverse interpretations of why exactly the private diarist's attempted ostensive definition fails.