contextual definition

contextual definition
a definition in which the term is used by embedding it in a larger expression containing its explanation

a contextual definition of `legal duty' might be `X has a legal duty to do Y means that X is required to do Y by a contract relationship that would be upheld in a court of law'

Hypernyms: ↑definition

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: a definition in which the meaning of a word, expression, or symbol is partly or wholly determined by defining the meaning of a larger expression containing the definiendum (as a definition of legal right by the statement “X has a legal right to y.X has a claim upon somebody for possession of y which the courts will sustain”) — contrasted with explicit definition; compare recursive definition

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Logic, Philos.
definition of a word or symbol by explaining the meaning of the phrase or statement in which it occurs.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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