Real and Nominal Definitions

  • James Cargile
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 216)


Defining is either giving the meaning of words or other linguistic things, which is called “nominal definition” or clarifying a given meaning, which is a proposition or property or relation, by showing it to be a compound of other propositions or properties or relations, which is called “real definition”.


Common Property Borderline Case Logical Truth True Proposition False Claim 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • James Cargile
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of VirginiaUSA

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