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noun clarification, decipherment, decoding, delimitation, delineation, demarcation, description, equivalent meaning, exact meaning, exact statement, explanation, explication, expressed meaning, formulation, identification, illumination, interpretation, making intelligible, meaning, representation, simplification, statement of meannng, synonym, translation
Foreign phrases: Omnis definitio in jure civili periculosa est, parum est enim ut non subverti possit.Every definiiion in the law is dangerous, because there is little that cannot be subverted.
See also: clarification, construction, description, explanation, identification, meaning, rendition, specification

DEFINITION. An enumeration of the principal ideas of which a compound idea is formed, to ascertain and explain its nature and character; or it is that which denotes and points out the substance of a thing, to us. Ayliffe's Pand. 59.
     2. A definition ought to contain every idea which belongs to the thing defined, and exclude all others.
     3. A definition should be, 1st. Universal, that is, such that it will apply equally to all individuals of, the same kind. 2d. Proper, that is, such that it will not apply to any other individual of any other kind. 3d. Clear, that is, without any equivocal, vague, or unknown word. 4th. Short, that is, without any useless word, or any foreign to the idea intended to be defined.
     4. Definitions are always dangerous, because it is always difficult to prevent their being inaccurate, or their becoming so; omnis definitio injure civili periculosa est, parum est enim, ut non subvertipossit.
     5. All ideas are not susceptible of definitions, and many words cannot be defined. This inability is frequently supplied, in a considerable degree, by descriptions. (q.v.)

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1) To find out the peculiarities of the professional activity of air force pilots and to analyze contemporary theoretical views and methodological approaches to conceptual definitions of self-regulation for professional activity and psychological resources for self-regulation of professional activity.
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Following the literature review, the article draws conclusions regarding the importance of a singular conceptual definition of financial literacy and consistent measurement methods for that concept.
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It is left to the reader to infer the conceptual definition of the construct from the set of operations that has to be employed to measure the construct.
Most records management programs operate under a conceptual definition and a set of assumptions that are several decades old: a record is recorded information, regardless of physical form or characteristics, created in the course of an institution's business.
In fact, Young said that compilation services do not fit the conceptual definition of attestation services provided by the Auditing Standards Board.
Librarians must deal both with the nuts and bolts of evaluating library services and with the elusive and challenging work of crafting a conceptual definition of effectiveness and a broad vision of information impact.
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In the process of transitioning from what it calls the "joint conceptual definition phase" to the "joint definition phase" of the CSeries, Bombardier has made a number of tweaks to the aircraft.

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