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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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I have argued in the past (129) that, although exploitation involves 'intentionality' in either of the above two senses, it does not further imply, definitionally at least, conscious impropriety such as 'bad faith' or 'subjective dishonesty' on the part of the would-be exploiter.
1996), which gave way to the term "empirically supported treatments" (ESTs; Chambless & Hollon, 1998; Chambless & Ollendick, 2001), which was considered a more definitionally hygienic term.
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As self-determination is the collective right of a "people"--and a "people" conventionally means the population of an existing political unit--the idea that any group of human beings other than the total population of a state has the right to self-determination is almost definitionally unavailable.
The Arendt here is the advocate of a classical discourse of citizenship based on virtue, rather than law, operating within a political space which is definitionally multiple.
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Binge drinking" is a term that is widely criticized for being emotive and definitionally unclear (see McMahon, McAlaney, & Edgar, 2007; Measham, 2004b; Measham & Brain, 2005; Szmigin et al.
of Brussels, Belgium) argues that democracies have over time developed a particular strategy towards the role of law in warfare rooted in Western Civilization, which he describes as definitionally rooted in the legacies of the Bible, Greco-Roman Antiquity, and the great works of European-American history.
For the principled exclusion of all dependents to work as an a priori characteristic of structure of Recht it must be definitionally true of the nature of dependence as such, and on Kant's own terms, the contrary is true; it must be at least possible to conceive of a relationship within the civil condition in which one subject could be wholly obedient in every dimension to a master, but still able to express dissenting opinions towards one's master when in public fora.
It has been largely forgotten that sacrifice definitionally signifies a form of violence, an offering made without consent, the ethical ambiguities of which are often suppressed.