Definiens definition

dĭ-fĭnē-ĕnz
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The word or words serving to define another word or expression, as in a dictionary entry.
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(semantics) The word or phrase that defines the definiendum in a definition.

In the defining statement “A lake is a large, landlocked, naturally occurring stretch of water", “large, landlocked, naturally occurring stretch of water" is the definiens.

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Noun

Singular:
definiens
Plural:
definientia

Origin of definiens

  • Latin dēfīniēns present participle of dēfīnīre to define define

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

  • From Latin, substantive use of dÄ“fÄ«niÄ“ns (“[a] defining"), present active participle of dÄ“fÄ«niō (“I set bounds to", “I define").

    From Wiktionary