recursive definition

noun Logic.
a definition consisting of a set of rules such that by repeated application of the rules the meaning of the definiendum is uniquely determined in terms of ideas that are already familiar.

Origin:
1935–40

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Feature is a portion of the form and is also in recursive definition.
Specify terms of a sequence, given its recursive definition.
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