de·​fin·​i·​ens di-ˈfi-nē-ˌenz How to pronounce definiens (audio)
plural definientia di-ˌfi-nē-ˈen(t)-shē-ə How to pronounce definiens (audio)
: an expression that defines : definition

Word History


borrowed from Latin dēfīniens, from present participle of dēfīnīre "to mark the limits of, determine, define"

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of definiens was in 1838

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Cite this Entry

“Definiens.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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