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recursive definition

noun, Logic.
1.
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
1935-1940
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.
recursive definition in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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