ostensive definition


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a definition that points out or exhibits instances of the term defined

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One example of an ostensive definition is given by Burnaford, Aprill, and Weiss.
General semantics calls attention traditionally to a number of extensional language devices or strategies of language that focus attention on the extensional meaning: dating, indexing, operational definitions, ostensive definitions, quotes, hyphens, plurals, quantifying terms, and qualifying terms.
In virtue of the re-usability, a language may have more than one interpretation, by which we mean in the simplest case that it is possible for a word to refer to different things in different contexts, so that ostensive definition (pointing at the referent) is an important way to link language to its intended interpretation.
Before a truth value is allocated to the sentence, we have to stipulate, using the metalanguage and possibly also ostensive definition, what the name "113" refers to and what the desired interpretation of the predicate "is prime" is on this occasion.
Taking place in a certain context, an ostensive definition does exclude objects from the kind.
The W people need to make the further decision because the initial ostensive definition does not bear enough import regarding whether, for instance, a Macintosh, which bears a sameness relation with Red Deliciouses at the taxonomic level of apple, is an ABC.
An ostensive definition alone does not complete the process of naming a natural kind if by naming we mean fixing the reference rigidly to a specified scope which draws a clear line between what is and what is not of the kind.
This account of the contribution of experience is reached through an extended reflection on ostensive definitions.
As Wittgenstein writes in Philosophical Investigations (1953), "Someone coming into a strange country will sometimes learn the language of the inhabitants from ostensive definitions that they give him; and he will often have to guess the meaning of these definitions; and will guess sometimes right, sometimes wrong" (I.
Jane identified a bunch of species she was sure belonged in the taxon and, being a fan of ostensive definitions in the style of phylogenetic nomenclature sensu de Queiroz and Gauthier, picked two of them to ostensively indicate the species all of whose descendant species constituted the taxon she meant to study.
Ostensive definitions of the names of species and clades.
Carnap argues that "only the logical form or structure of a relation is objectively or scientifically communicable: any excess `content' going beyond logical structure must rest ultimately on ostensive definitions, and these, according to Carnap, provide no intersubjective meaning" (p.