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n. pl. ar·i·ties
The number of arguments or operands taken by a function or operator.

[-ar(y) (as in binary ternary) + -ity.]
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Noun1.arity - the number of arguments that a function can take
logic - the branch of philosophy that analyzes inference
number - a concept of quantity involving zero and units; "every number has a unique position in the sequence"
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Then he discusses the difference in the omissibility of complements between English and Sanskrit and concludes the discussion by pointing out that grammar needs specification of the adicity of each word, or what arguments a word takes, a notion broader than the karaka (direct participants in verbal action).
MERGE/binary branching, locality/predication, subject/specifier asymmetry, the head-final filter, and the ban on base-adjunction conspire with the adicity of the adjective to create the following different scenarios concerning the initial position of adnominal APs.
Roughly speaking, the A-Str of a predicate is an indication of its adicity, ie, the number of arguments that are needed for its correct interpretation; these are often identified by labels (thematic roles or th-roles) corresponding to the semantic function borne by each argument.