Definiendum definition

dĭ-fĭnē-ĕndəm
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A word or expression that is being defined.
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(semantics) The term"”word or phrase"”defined in a definition.

In the defining statement "A lake is a large, landlocked, naturally occurring stretch of water", "lake" is the definiendum, "stretch of water" is the genus, and "large", "landlocked" and "naturally occurring" are the differentiae.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
definiendum
Plural:
definienda

Origin of definiendum

  • Latin dēfīniendum neuter gerundive of dēfīnīre to define define

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin dÄ“fÄ«niendum, gerund of dÄ“fÄ«niō.

    From Wiktionary