Definition of definite description in English:

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definite description


chiefly Philosophy
A noun phrase introduced by the definite article or its equivalent, and denoting a particular entity or phenomenon.
Example sentences
  • Russell's theory of descriptions concerns the meaning of definite descriptions such as ‘The Queen of England’ as they occur in a sentence such as ‘The Queen of England is wise’.
  • In other words, Satan wasn't a definite description which referred to the one and only, but signified a role which any angel could occupy.
  • Communities with no last names such as the Amish one seem to make more use of definite descriptions instead.

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