definiens

noun
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) \

Definition of definiens

: an expression that defines : definition

First Known Use of definiens

1838, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for definiens

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

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“Definiens.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/definiens. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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