self-defining

defining

[dih-fahy-ning]
adjective
decisive; critically important: Taking a course in architecture was a defining turn in her life.

nondefining, adjective
self-defining, adjective
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define
late 14c., from O.Fr. definir "to end, terminate, determine," from L. definire "to limit, determine, explain," from de- "completely" + finire "to bound, limit," from finis "boundary, end" (see finish). Definite means "defined, clear, precise, unmistakable;" definitive means
"having the character of finality."
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