contextual-definition

contextual definition

noun Logic, Philosophy.
definition of a word or symbol by explaining the meaning of the phrase or statement in which it occurs.

Origin:
1930–35

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contextual definition

noun
a definition in which the term is used by embedding it in a larger expression containing its explanation; "a contextual definition of 'legal duty' might be 'X has a legal duty to do Y means that X is required to do Y by a contract relationship that would be upheld in a court of law'" 
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