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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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which reads: (some term) is definitionally equivalent to (some other term[s]) (see Robinson, 1954).
Unlike these other negative affects, however, it would appear that shame works to help compose a sense of self, even while it renders that self unbearably visible or exposed: the particular self emergent in experiences of shame is definitionally relational and is comprised in relation to positive affect.
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Munasinghe (2001) identifies the two racialized groups in Trinidad as definitionally incommensurable, based on the region-wide understanding of the Afro-Creole culture as indigenous and the Indo-Creole culture as foreign (hence my earlier reference to the statement about the country not being ready for an Indian PM).
With this stipulation, the second duty I postulate would indeed become redundant--but only because it is now definitionally incorporated into the first duty.
2) This European other--more specifically, the French against whom England waged wars from 1793-1815--is definitionally opposed, and thus foundational, to De Quincey's sense of Englishness.
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