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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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  • Formal systems involving intensional notions, especially modality.
British Dictionary definitions for intensional

intensional

/ɪnˈtɛnʃənəl/
adjective
1.
(logic) (of a predicate) incapable of explanation solely in terms of the set of objects to which it is applicable; requiring explanation in terms of meaning or understanding Compare extensional See also opaque context, Electra paradox
Derived Forms
intensionally, adverb

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 intensional

intension

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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intensional in Technology

philosophy
A description of properties, e.g. intensional equality, that relate to how an object is implemented as opposed to extensional properties which concern only how its output depends on its input.
(1995-01-12)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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