Definition of Ostensive definition

1. Noun. A definition that points out or exhibits instances of the term defined.

Generic synonyms: Definition



Definition of Ostensive definition

1. Noun. (semantics) A process of binding the meaning to the defined term by pointing out examples and counterexamples. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ostensive Definition

osteler
ostembryon
ostemia
ostempyesis
ostend
ostended
ostending
ostends
ostensibility
ostensible
ostensibly
ostension
ostensions
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ostensive definition (current term)
ostensive definitions
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ostensoria
ostensories
ostensorium
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ostentations
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ostentatiousness
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Literary usage of Ostensive definition

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Calcutta Review by University of Calcutta (1921)
"In his Human Knowledge he has observed : ostensive definition in its earliest form requires certain conditions. There must be a feature of the environment ..."

2. The Concept of Knowledge by Panayot Butchvarov (1970)
"But the terms crimson and pink, whatever their actual meanings may be, are obviously capable of ostensive definition. Suppose that I am faced with two ..."

3. Small Pieces Loosely Joined: A Unified Theory of the Web by David Weinberger (2002)
"Bob Metcalfe presents himself as the ostensive definition of "curmudgeon," belying a decency and personal kindness that surfaces even in one's first ..."

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