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invention

noun brain child, coinage, composition, concoction, contraption, contrivance, creation, creative effort, creative fabrication, discovery, fabrication, finding, handiwork, improvisation, innovation, inventum, origination, product, reperta
See also: contrivance, creation, device, expedient, false pretense, falsehood, falsification, fiction, figment, formation, innovation, lie, myth, nascency, origination, pretense, pretext, product, story, strategy, subreption

INVENTION. A contrivance; a discovery. It is in this sense this word is used in the patent laws of the United States. 17 Pet. 228; S. C. 1 How. U. S. 202. It signifies not something which has been found ready made, but something which, in consequence of art or accident, has been formed; for the invention must relate to some new or useful art, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, not before known or used by others. Act of July 4, 1836, 4 Sharsw. continuation of Story's L. U.S. 2506; 1 Mason, R. 302; 4 Wash. C. C. R. 9. Vide Patent. By invention, the civilians understand the finding of some things which had not been lost; they must either have abandoned, or they must have never belonged to any one, as a pearl found on the sea shore. Lec. Elem Sec. 350.

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Murphy (1997) points out that traditions provide inventional resources for claiming authority; art traditions are no different.
The most interesting and fruitful of all the inventional tropes developed from the Bible from the point of view of literary invention is the temple-city on a hill which Ezekiel sees in a vision.
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Second, pack journalism, the tendency for news reporting to become homogenous within and across organizations, also reduces inventional range (Cook, 2000).
Instead, he insists that loci communes "function to generate material exemplars and thereby assist in the inventional process that demands synthesis and cannot be mastered through analysis of its component elements" (Leff, 1996, p.
One important trait is inventional capacity, which Hample defines as the extent to which people vary in the number of possible compliance gaining messages produced.
So these inventional actions make sense only in relation to the coherent world which gives the given, the audience which will receive the given as given, and the situation as a whole.
Reason and rhetorical practice: The inventional agenda of Chaim Peretman.
Thus, ambiguous norms of communication became an inventional resource for fixing or avoiding responsibility.
She argues that making judgments about "how images serve as inventional resources for argument in the public sphere" requires a careful accounting of the tensions between historical specificity and the fluidity of ceaseless circulation (p.
Indeed, McComisky contends that "Gorgias exemplified inventional topoi similar to Aristotle's" (p.