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n. pl. de·fin·i·en·da (-də)
A word or expression that is being defined.

[Latin dēfīniendum, neuter gerundive of dēfīnīre, to define; see define.]


n, pl -da (-də)
(Linguistics) something to be defined, esp the term or phrase to be accounted for in a dictionary entry. Compare definiens


(dɪˌfɪn iˈɛn dəm)

n., pl. -da (-də).
a term that is or is to be defined.
[1870–75; < Latin dēfīniendum, neuter ger. of dēfīnīre]


1. an expression that has to be defined in terms of a previously defined expression.
2. anything that has to be defined. — definienda, n., pl.
See also: Logic
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Ideo hodie Infrascriptis causa definienda proponitur in tertio iudicii gradu et sub dubio superius relato.
13) Pastor aeternus: "Romanum Pontificem, cum ex cathedra loquitur, id est, [1] cum omnium Christianorum pastoris et doctoris munere fungens [2] pro suprema sua Apolostolica auctoritate [3] doctrinam de fide vel moribus ab universa Ecclesia tenendam definit, [4] per assistentiam divinam ipsi in beato PETRO promissam, [5] ea infallibilitate pollere, qua divinus Redemptor Ecclesiam suam [6] in definienda doctrina de fide vel moribus instructam esse voluit; [7] ideoque eiusmodi Romani Pontificis definitiones ex sese, non autem ex consensu Ecclesiae, irreformabiles esse" (Denzinger no.
Definitions in this article are meant only to pick out the entities described and denoted by the definienda, not also to say what descriptions people have in mind when they use these definienda or think of the corresponding denotata.
Ratio quare illa quae causam et generationem habent per causam et generationem definienda esse dico, haec est; finis demonstrandi est causarum et generationis rerum scientia, quae si non habetur in definitionibus, haberi non potest in conclusione syllogismi illius qui ex definitionibus existit primus; et siquidem in conclusione prima, non reperiatur, neque in ulla conclusione reperietur ulteriore, itaque nulla unquam existet scientia (De corpore, OL I, 72-73).
But this chapter is only an overture to Senes's larger typological aims, for he follows it with a taxonomic opus in which he finally parts ways with the sources he cites--Donald Crosby and Karen Carr--and proposes a nuanced hierarchy of meanings that, despite the considerable number of definienda entailed (including criteria and subtypes, twenty-two rubrics all together), is commendably clear, original, and robust.
Sosa's own theory is an example of this: the notion of epistemic competence is used throughout the book as a component in several definientia, but the definienda are still normative properties of beliefs, especially those that distinguish mere true belief from various kinds of knowledge.
3) More generally, the paradigm commitment is presumed for any of the definienda of Plato's so-called early dialogues, e.
Esse ea dico quae cerni tangique possunt, ut fundum aedes, parietem stillicidium, mancipium pecudem, supellectilem penus et cetera; quo ex genere quaedam interdum vobis definienda sunt.
Roughly, it is expected that definitions be explicit definitions, with definienda eliminable in any context.
Ockham goes on to say that complete definitions do not enable us to "better know" the definienda and that "what is more properly a definition" is always the incomplete definition which does not make use of correlatives.
By the substitution of definitions for definienda we can reduce the concept of the subject and the concept of the predicate to their primitive terms (A 6.