Singular term


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

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It's a combination of two views: that a singular term 't' refers to something (or other) if the sentence 't exists' is true (p.
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.
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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.
18, and the leading singular term of P(w) at [rho] is
Any general term can be transformed into a singular term if it is used an individualization prefix (demonstrative pronoun, definite article, etc.
If the vagueness of the referent is inherited by its singular term, there are vague variables.
Jameson's concepts that are incapable of resolution into a singular term promote the egalitarian possibility of leveling, so that as social stratifications are leveled by being held in equal relation to each other, new possibilities are opened up for democracy.
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.
The extension of a singular term is its designatum, that is, the designated object for which the term stands; the extension of a sentence is either truth or falsity.
It goes all the way in toppling some once-sacred oldies: "Data is acceptable as a singular term for information .
The semantic convention is that all contradiction-free singular terms refer; they refer (through a definite description that contains an ostensive element) to an existent, or (through that singular term) to a non-existent.