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

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In Wittgenstein's account, ostensive definitions map nouns onto the world, as if the fact of the existence of objects in the world pushes language toward deambiguation: a compulsive (dis-eased) state of trying to strip language to its essentials, as if it were a set of labels for a pre-existing world.
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.
In naming an individual, we can have the individual right in front of us and name it by ostensive definition.
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.
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.
The analogy of a chess game is often used to illustrate what Wittgenstein saw as the problem with thinking we learn a language by way of ostensive definitions.
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.
Surely, affirmations and ostensive definitions share a common feature in their indexicality, but to conclude that their similarity of structure entails a corresponding identity of function is simply a non-starter.
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.