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intension

[in-ten-shuh n] /ɪnˈtɛn ʃən/
noun
1.
intensification; increase in degree.
2.
intensity; high degree.
3.
relative intensity; degree.
4.
exertion of the mind; determination.
5.
Logic. (of a term) the set of attributes belonging to all and only those things to which the given term is correctly applied; connotation; comprehension.
Compare extension (def 12).
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin intēnsiōn- (stem of intēnsiō). See intense, -ion
Related forms
intensional, adjective
intensionally, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for intension

intension

/ɪnˈtɛnʃən/
noun
1.
(logic)
  1. the set of characteristics or properties by which the referent or referents of a given word are determined: thus, the intension of marsupial is the set containing the characteristics suckling its young and having a pouch Compare extension (sense 11a)
  2. Compare subjective intension
2.
a rare word for intensity, determination
3.
a rare word for intensification See intensification
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Word Origin and History for intension
n.

c.1600, from Latin intensionem (nominative intensio) "a stretching, straining, effort," noun of action from past participle stem of intendere (see intend).

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Encyclopedia Article for intension

connotation

in logic, correlative words that indicate the reference of a term or concept: "intension" indicates the internal content of a term or concept that constitutes its formal definition; and "extension" indicates its range of applicability by naming the particular objects that it denotes. For instance, the intension of "ship" as a substantive is "vehicle for conveyance on water," whereas its extension embraces such things as cargo ships, passenger ships, battleships, and sailing ships. The distinction between intension and extension is not the same as that between connotation and denotation.

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