- 1A statement of the exact meaning of a word, especially in a dictionary.More example sentences
- The Judge said she had, in the absence of any statutory definition, consulted several dictionaries for a definition of the word record.
- No, it's not exactly the dictionary definition of the word.
- The dictionary definition of the word is to ride on or along a wave on a board.
- 1.1An exact statement or description of the nature, scope, or meaning of something: our definition of what constitutes poetryMore example sentences
- One widely accepted definition describes poverty as ‘an enforced lack of socially perceived necessities’.
- Most definitions of the scheme describe it as operating alongside criminal action.
- I'm struck how in the introductory sections, Publius returns again and again to a definition of ‘human nature.’
- 1.2The action or process of defining something.More example sentences
- In all these examples we can see that whether a particular act is judged to be a crime or to be deviant is not explained by any quality of the act itself but by other considerations that enter into the process of labelling or definition.
- It is equally important that our community have safe space in which to engage in that process of definition.
- In the introduction, Lauret confronts the thorny questions of definition and categorization.
- 2The degree of distinctness in outline of an object, image, or sound, especially of an image in a photograph or on a screen.More example sentences
- They have great resolution and incredible colour definition.
- The anamorphic widescreen transfer is decent enough, with reasonable clarity and picture definition, though graininess can a problem now and again.
- By looking at the graph and seeing the colors and shapes, these students were able to listen again and hear the shape of the sounds with more definition.
- 2.1The capacity of an instrument or device for making images distinct in outline: we’ve been pleased with the definition of this TVMore example sentences
- You and your family will be blown away at the definition of this television.
- The screen has excellent definition and best of all the unit is less than 9mm thick.
- This television has excellent definition which makes the image jump right at you.
- By its very nature; intrinsically: underachievement, by definition, is not due to lack of talentMore example sentences
- And lest we forget, Saints, by definition, have the means to perform miracles in times of need.
- A fully biological account of the human has to be deterministic, by definition.
- Violence, by definition, signals the loss, lapse and negation of a spiritual way of being.
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- Rates of self-harm and attempted suicide are difficult to compare internationally because of the definitional and reporting problems outlined in the earlier section on this topic.
- If one accepts this definitional framework, then the moral equivalency argument sounds plausible.
- However, it serves to indicate the nature of the definitional problem.
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- On any objective view, ‘crime’ has to be seen as a non-natural category of behaviour, crucially definitionally dependent on the censuring processes of a given society.
- For example, area would definitionally be related to length and width.
- Economies of scale or scope are expressed, definitionally, in the context of changes in total cost.
late Middle English: from Latin definitio(n-), from the verb definire 'set bounds to' (see define).