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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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Discrepancy alone is too disconnected from what the formal definition stipulated to meet the criteria of significance and meaningfulness necessary for a valid operational definition (Bergmann, 1961).
Camargo and his colleagues in the international Multicenter Airway Research Collaboration network use the following operational definition to help emergency care providers identify anaphylactic reactions.
In theory, each claimant must either adhere to the operational definition or risk that her or his claim will not be recognized as legitimate.
Operational definition -- Any office visit that could have been avoided if prior telephone interviews would have determined that the normal sequela of the healing process of vasectomy existed and that physical observation was not required.
Similarly, they would include the six characteristics that make up an operational definition of writing, for example, writers, output characteristics, and scoring criteria.
Around this centroid, there exists broader domain space containing all characteristics or behaviors that might be considered as part of the operational definition of the construct; any characteristic or behavior that falls within this circle is considered part of the construct, whereas anything falling outside of th is circle is not part of the construct.
This idea introduces students to the operational definition of weight as 'what a scale would read', and hence invokes the normal force.
Final outcome of SSI was measured at 28th day and SSI was labeled as positive, as per operational definition.
This study of validation content was conducted in three phases: The first phase was the development of the conceptual and operational definitions of the defining characteristics proposed by NANDA-I 2012-2014.
Ethnographers might question how Trinidad Galvan's operational definition of convivencia differs from any good ethnography which depends on the researcher's engagement in the day to day lives of participants through the sharing of time, space and life experiences.
In other words, with a few outlying descriptions, the implicit operational definition is not controversial at all.
Robert Weinberg's group have found that, in order to for carcinoma cells to enter into the CSC state, they should pass only partially through an EMT, and that completion of an EMT program places cells in a state in which they lose the plasticity that is associated with tumor-initiating ability -- the operational definition of a CSC.

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