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intension

Syllabification: in·ten·sion
Pronunciation: /inˈtenSHən
 
/

Definition of intension in English:

noun

1 Logic The internal content of a concept. Often contrasted with extension (sense 5).
Example sentences
  • All versions of externalism have in common that intensions don't determine extensions.
  • In the language of nominalism, the terms ‘black’ and ‘white’ purport to have mutually exclusive intensions and should therefore have mutually exclusive extensions, which they do not.
  • On the other hand, two sentences have the same intension if they are logically equivalent, i.e., their equivalence is due to the semantic rules of the language.

Origin

early 17th century (also in the sense 'straining, stretching'): from Latin intensio(n-), from intendere (see intend). sense 1 dates from the mid 19th century.

Derivatives

intensional

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • Logics which attempt to display the logical properties of intensional contexts are called intensional logics.
  • But there is what philosophers (at least this philosopher) think of as an extensional and an intensional way of describing our perceptions.
  • There are sentences which are neither extensional nor intensional; for example, belief-sentences.

intensionally

2
Pronunciation: /-SHənl-ē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • Such a concern description is defined intensionally as a set of regular expressions.
  • It is made up of concepts and knowledge primitives intensionally contained in it.

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