adequate idea

noun

Definition of adequate idea

: an idea that is commensurate to its object: such as
a in Spinoza : an idea having all the intrinsic marks of a true idea
b in Leibniz : an idea clearly understood and analyzed into simple components

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First Known Use of adequate idea

1641, in the meaning defined above

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“Adequate idea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adequate%20idea. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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