Definition of schema in English:


Syllabification: sche·ma
Pronunciation: /ˈskēmə

noun (plural schemata /-mətə/ or schemas)

1A representation of a plan or theory in the form of an outline or model: a schema of scientific reasoning
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  • This process involved the application of fairly standardized schemata and models to the layout and structure of urban settlements.
  • Then he slots the settings, the characters, and the plot into reductive schemata accompanied by unfathomable diagrams which only lend the appearance of user-friendliness.
  • Most importantly for our purposes, schemas and scripts represent the means through which understanding and action are embedded in established institutional environments.
1.1 Logic A syllogistic figure.
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  • Despite only having three axiom schemata and a single inference rule, it is possible to prove any tautology in the simple Propositional Calculus, PC.
  • Hence the logical proof schema which enables you to deduce any proposition whatever from a contradiction cannot be applied.
  • Upon occasion, Mill extolled all four of his inductive schemata as rules of proof of causal connection.
1.2(In Kantian philosophy) a conception of what is common to all members of a class; a general or essential type or form.


late 18th century (as a term in philosophy): from Greek skhēma 'form, figure'.

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