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definiens

[dih-fin-ee-uh nz] /dɪˈfɪn i ənz/
noun, plural definientia
[dih-fin-ee-en-shuh, -shee-uh] /dɪˌfɪn iˈɛn ʃə, -ʃi ə/ (Show IPA)
1.
something that defines, especially the defining part of a dictionary entry.
2.
Logic. an expression in terms of which another may be adequately defined.
Compare definiendum.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; < Latin dēfīniēns, present participle of dēfīnīre; see define
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British Dictionary definitions for definientia

definiens

/dɪˈfɪnɪənz/
noun (pl) definientia (dɪˌfɪnɪˈɛnʃə)
1.
the word or words used to define or give an account of the meaning of another word, as in a dictionary entry Compare definiendum
Word Origin
Latin: defining
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