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correspondence theory

noun, Philosophy.
the theory of truth that a statement is rendered true by the existence of a fact with corresponding elements and a similar structure.
Origin of correspondence theory
1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • There is, however, a form of the correspondence theory of truth that is presented in a way which avoids this difficulty.

    The Problem of Truth H. Wildon Carr
  • The correspondence theory, then, does not test the truth-claim of the assertion; it only gives a fresh definition of it.

    Pragmatism D.L. Murray
Contemporary definitions for correspondence theory

a theory holding that truth consists of a correspondence between propositions or judgments and the facts

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