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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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Thus, concepts and operational definitions in the field of security research become the basic units of security theory development engendering a categorical course of action.
Operational definitions, however, do not exhaust the kinds of definitions used by scientists.
1) The present paper challenges the conclusions drawn by the authors from their experiment's results by addressing issues with their experiment design, treatments, and operational definitions.
1) Findings reflect the fact that the roles, functions and contexts of parenting lack operational definition in our profession's scholarship.
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Gartner's operational definition of digital marketing includes addressable branding/advertising, contextual, marketing, social marketing and transactional marketing.
As a first step in the research process it was necessary to develop an operational definition of "recovery" to be used in the subsequent treatment effectiveness studies.
government funds targeting global food insecurity because the agencies lack (1) a commonly accepted governmentwide operational definition of global food security programs and activities as well as reporting requirements to routinely capture data on all relevant funds; and (2) data management systems to track and report food security funding comprehensively and consistently.
Of course, applying this principle in practice requires an operational definition of control, which the Boards have provided: "An entity controls another entity when it has the power to direct the activities of that other entity to generate benefits for (or limit losses to) itself.
But the devil, as always, lies in the details: the FDA is currently struggling to provide an operational definition of QbD.
In the medical context, the operational definition of negligence is best referenced in Prosser's Textbook on Torts: "The formula under which this usually is put to the jury is that the doctor must have and use the knowledge, skill and care ordinarily possessed and employed by members of the profession in good standing.
Each task has an operational definition and no special equipment is required.

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