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Real and Nominal Definitions

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

Abstract

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”.

Keywords

Common Property Borderline Case Logical Truth True Proposition False Claim 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1991

Authors and Affiliations

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

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