intension

intension

[in-ten-shuhn]
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; < Latin intēnsiōn- (stem of intēnsiō). See intense, -ion

intensional, adjective
intensionally, adverb
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intension (ɪnˈtɛnʃən)
 
n
1.  logic
 a.  Compare extension 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
 b.  Compare subjective intension
2.  intensity a rare word for determination
3.  See intensify a rare word for intensification

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intension

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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