Singular term


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(Logic) a term which represents or stands for a single individual.

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Chapter seven applies pluralism to "problematic" properties--(1) mathematical (these are "secured" as abundant by noticing that, for example, "5" seems to be an abstract singular term used in true sentences; sadly, Edwards rules out mathematical properties as universals because of his employment of Armstrong's a posteriori, no-unexemplified-properties view.
Indeed one standard form of free logic, negative free logic, insists that any simple sentence with an empty singular term is false: truth for a unary simple sentence requires the singular term to have a referent that possesses the property expressed; falsity is absence of truth.
In his singular term after 1988, George Bush led an international alliance that liberated Kuwait, and during his tenure, the communist bloc collapsed after a Cold War that lasted 70 years.
Show off your panini knowledge by letting friends and family know that panini in Italian means "small bread roll" and the singular term for the word is panino.
The Court also ruled the definitional section that used the singular term "employee" does not explicitly require the IRS to make the computations on an individual basis.
It goes all the way in toppling some once-sacred oldies: "Data is acceptable as a singular term for information .
For example, with some CD-ROM software, a singular term does not automatically search for the plural.
Nobake" is the singular term applied to self-setting, non-gassed processes that cure at room temperature.
On this view one has failed to refer if the singular term one employs--a putative proper name, pronoun, or definite description--does not apply to or identify anything that exists.
Moreover, unlike the singular term "Vulcan," and the general one "unicorn," which are simple/unstructured; "goatstag" seems to be complex or structured.
Peter Simons has argued that the expression "the universe" is not a genuine singular term, for it can name neither a single, completely encompassing individual nor a collection of individuals.
Referentialism is the view that all there is to the meaning of a singular term is its referent.