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de·fin·i·ens

 (dĭ-fĭn′ē-ĕnz′)
n. pl. de·fin·i·en·ti·a (-ĕn′shē-ə, -shə)
The word or words serving to define another word or expression, as in a dictionary entry.

[Latin dēfīniēns, present participle of dēfīnīre, to define; see define.]

definiens

(dɪˈfɪnɪənz)
n, pl definientia (dɪˌfɪnɪˈɛnʃə)
(Linguistics) the word or words used to define or give an account of the meaning of another word, as in a dictionary entry. Compare definiendum
[Latin: defining]

de•fin•i•ens

(dɪˈfɪn i ənz)

n., pl. de•fin•i•en•tia (dɪˌfɪn iˈɛn ʃə, -ʃi ə)
an expression that serves as a definition. Compare definiendum.
[1870–75; < Latin dēfīniēns, present participle of dēfīnīre; see define]
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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.
If the definientia of "F" and "un-F" are not themselves contraries, wherever their extensions overlap, a contradiction will crop up, as the following formalization shows:
This strategy, however, leaves the theorist vulnerable to empirical refutation if it is discovered that the new definientia are co-instantiated.