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  Definition - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A stipulative definition is the specification of a meaning adopted or assumed specifically for the purposes of argument or discussion in a given context.
A persuasive definition "is a type of definition in which a term is defined in such a way as to be an argument for a particular position (as opposed to a lexical definition, which aims to be neutral to all usages), and is deceptive in that it has the surface form of a dictionary definition."
The definition of a concept, or of (a given sense of) a word or phrase, is a description of its intension—that is, the set of properties that characterizes all and only members of the extension of the word; the extension is all the things that the concept, word, or phrase applies to.
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 CONK! Encyclopedia: Stipulative_definition   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
A stipulative definition is a type of definition in which a new or currently-existing term is given a new meaning for the purposes of argument or discussion in a given context.
Stipulative definitions of existing terms are useful in making theoretical arguments, or stating specific cases.
Some of these are also precising definitions, a subtype of stipulative definition that may not contradict, but only extend, the lexical definition of a term.
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 Week 2
We may stipulate a definition for the sake of argument - that is, in order to see where the definition and related claims may lead.
In doing philosophy you may stipulate a definition (coin a new term or give a new use to an old word) when you are developing an argument or a theory.
Stipulating a definition requires a lot of explanatory effort to show what the outcomes and implications of the definition may be.
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 Science Policy
By ‘stipulative’ word-thing definition is meant the explicit and self-conscious setting up of a meaning-relation between some word and some object, the act of assigning an object to a name, not the act of recording an already existing assignment.
Each of the three components is a definition of a particular kind: (a) is analytic and denotative, (b) is analytic, and (c) is analytic and synthetic.
The definitions, as originally drafted on 11 October 1990, were not sufficiently practical to be of use in the classification of projects.
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 Definition History Summary   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Stipulative definitions are often used by theoreticians attempting to use a word in a way that will capture an idea in a way not thought previously.
Pointing to an apple would be an ostensive definition of the word, "apple." The definiendum (that which is defined in a definition) in a definition by abstraction is a class term, and it is defined by the properties a thing must have in order to be a member of that class.
Definition is important to mathematics because it provides clarity to concepts that are meant to have universal application.
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 Chapter Three   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
A theoretical definition of a term is a definition that attempts to formulate a theoretically adequate or scientifically useful description of the objects to which the term applies.
A persuasive definition is a definition formulated and used persuasively to resolve a dispute by influencing attitudes or stirring emotions, often relying on the use of emotive language.
As opposed to a lexical definition, a stipulative definition cannot be correct or incorrect.
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 [M02] Meaning analysis - Using and evaluating definitions
This definition carries a negative connotation, as the term "murder" suggests that abortion is wrongful killing, and it also assumes that the aborted fetus is already a person.
Such a definition is surely not appropriate in a fair debate on the moral legitimacy of abortion, even though it might be useful as a rhetorical tool.
In giving a stipulative definition, since we are introducing a new meaning, the question of whether the definition is too broad or too narrow does not arise.
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 Chapter 5   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Another examples of precising definitions: one horsepower is calculated to equal 745.7 watts, a meter is defined as the distance light travels in one 299,792,458th of a second, etc.
5.24 Theoretical Definitions: a theoretical definition of a term is a definition that attempts to formulate a theoretically adequate or scientifically useful description of the objects to which the term applies.
Definition by genus and difference: A hexagon is by definition a polygon having six sides (a six-sided polygon), Humans are rational animals.
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 Precising definition   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Precising definitions are generally used in contexts where vagueness is unacceptable; many legal definitions are precising definitions, as are company policies.
This type of definition is useful in preventing disputes that arise from the involved parties using different definitions of the term in question.
This is similar to a stipulative definition, but differs in that a stipulative definition may contradict the lexical definition, while a precising definition does not.
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At their inception stipulative definitions are neither true nor false, since they neither: (a) accurately describe how things stand in reality, nor (b) accurately describe how words are actually used in practice.
The traditional definition of death in terms of the cessation of all vital functions took death to be an all-or-nothing affair.
Although Charron believes that lexical definitions are certainly possible, most of what he says about definitions (and, therefore, most of what appears in the rest of this section) is concerned with stipulative definitions.
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 Definition   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
A definition may be a statement of the essential properties of a certain thing, or a statement of equivalence between a term and that term's meaning.
Another definition could be a list of names of all of the men in the world who are bachelors.
The definition of a concept, or of (a given sense of) a word or phrase, is a description of its intension--that is, the set of properties that characterizes all and only members of the extension of the word; the extension is all the things that the concept, word, or phrase applies to.
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 Define   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Definition is most often used in writing to explain or describe an unfamiliar term or concept.
One of the methods of using definition that is described in your text is stipulative definition.
Stipulative definition requires the writer to define a concept based on a personal assessment.
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 hss_copi_intrologic_12|Definition|Section 4.2 Definitions and Their Uses|Multiple Choice
A true stipulative definition is an informative statement.
Sometimes stipulative definitions are used to confuse the reader.
A stipulative definition is really a suggestion or a set of instructions to begin using a word in a certain way.
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 Untitled   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Descriptive: A descriptive definition is one which consists of whatever a given person or group chooses to define as their religion, or accepts as accurate descriptive statements of it: A descriptive definition is a comprehensive listing of those facets in as complete and accurate way possible.
Essential: An essential definition is one which seeks to offer a comprehensive definition which is the essence or root of all so-called religions, e.
Stipulative: A stipulative definition is one which is in keeping with descriptive reality, but which is agreed on in order to eliminate confusion.
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 lithuania.ca - Stipulative definition   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
A stipulative definition is one in which a new...
Socrates and Kinetography: Socratic Definition and the Rebus Principle.
Stipulative agreements apply to a temporary consensus related to abstract terms conditioned by...
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But Quine’s point is that ordinary systems of definitions normally contain at least one term which is antecedently and nontechnically understood, in which case the circularity (of course) does not matter, while among the family-circle words there is no such term--they are all technical.
Stipulatives are metalinguistic, besides being hortatory or proclamatory in mood, while (in terms of truth conditions) the corresponding object-language trivialities are directly about the world, however little they illuminate it.
Even when philosophers construct elaborate systems of stipulative definitions, our interest is not in the definitions themselves, which can have no nontrivial consequences, but rather in the way in which the system connects up to the real world, and the latter cannot be stipulative.
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The definition of a word, once it is in common use, can be changed by consensus or adapted to new uses, so only the most pedantic or schoolmarmish of people would insist on a strict lexical definition in all cases.
They are unlike stipulative definitions in that their assignment is not arbitrary, and truth and falsity not only exists, but it operationally defined.
Extensional definitions can be the simplest and most direct definitions, but they are limited in that they cannot guarantee a complete communication of the intentional meaning of a concept.
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Stipulative-A definition that is given to a new term or idea.
Lexical-Reports on the meaning already assigned.Dictionary definitions tend to be too brief to really give the reader agood understanding of a complex word.
Connotative Definitions-a definition in which the object is describedin such a way that it fits the definition.
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 Free Speaker - LD Debate   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Of course, Humpty Dumpty's definition of "glory" is not what others understand "glory" to mean &endash; and this is where his stipulative definition gets into trouble.
This would be a stipulative definition, not a precising definition.
For example, a lexical definition of "rehabilitate" is to restore (a person) to a normal life by training.
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 The Definition of Definitions
A contrast begins to emerge between a rigorous "dictionary-language-lexical definition" and a "stipulative definition" (explaining how the term is to be used).
A definition, which is able to incorporate all four elements is monovalent, unequivocal, unambiguous, precise, universal, appropriately exclusive and inclusive, aesthetic and parsimonious.
But it all boils down to the same truth: it is the type of definition chosen and the rigorousness with which we understand the meaning of "definition" that determine which words can and cannot be defined.
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 Lecture notes Chapter 11-14
In arbitrary stipulative Definitions and Positional Definitions, we are not trying to make a factual statement about a word or its usage.
In the arbitrary stipulative definition, we are trying to agree on a meaning for the sake of communication.
Summary : arbitrary stipulative definitions are attempts to specify a meaning for the sake of convenience in communication.
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 Definition and Meaning
Theoretical definitions are special cases of stipulative or precising definition, distinguished by their attempt to establish the use of this term within the context of a broader intellectual framework.
Newton's definition of the terms "mass" and "inertia" carried with them a commitment to (at least part of) his theories about the conditions in which physical objects move.
Since a circular definition uses the term being defined as part of its own definition, it can't provide any useful information; either the audience already understands the meaning of the term, or it cannot understand the explanation that includes that term.
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 TRINPsite: Book of Fundamentals: The Meanings of 'Life' and 'Death'  
Etymologically life, to live and living belong together and we cannot accept any definition according to which the literal, original meaning of life is not related to what is characteristic of living beings.
It is now a question of stipulative definition whether things such as viruses are also living organisms, or merely complex protein molecules; or if not merely a question of stipulative definition, then a result of defining another term in a stipulative way.
What is also important is that the definition of what is 'life' or 'living' does not conceptually depend on some principle of life, or on any idea about the value or disvalue of life or nonlife.
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 Kinds of Definition   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
A definition in which a new symbol is introduced to which some meaning is arbitrarily assigned.
A definition that reports a meaning the definiendum already has, and thus a definition that can usually be judged correct or incorrect.
A definition devised to eliminate vagueness by delineating a concept more sharply.
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 Dubbings and Diversions: Defining knowledge (again!) - descriptive or stipulative?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
A stipulative definition defines a term by specifying the definition, normally by restricting the definition to something precise that suits a particular purpose.
One of the problems I've observed in KM people arguing over definitions of knowledge is that some people try to define it descriptively, while others take divergent approaches to stipulative definitions.
Then they argue over what the best stipulative definition is, without recognizing that each person's approach is stipulated in a particular way for a reason - they have different challenges in mind when they are thinking about KM applications.
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 Philosophical Dictionary: Statement-Synthetic
Stevenson's "The Emotive Meaning of Ethical Terms" (1937), "Persuasive Definitions" (1938), and Ethics and Language (1944) developed emotivism as a meta-ethical theory in which moral judgments invariably express and encourage human feelings of characteristic sorts.
Although it may be relatively inconvenient or useless, such a definition can never be mistaken or incorrect.
School of philosophy organized at Athens in the third century B.C.E. by Zeno of Citium and Chrysippus.
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