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intension

[in-ten-shuh n]
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noun
  1. intensification; increase in degree.
  2. intensity; high degree.
  3. relative intensity; degree.
  4. exertion of the mind; determination.
  5. Logic. (of a term) the set of attributes belonging to all and only those things to which the given term is correctly applied; connotation; comprehension.Compare extension(def 12).
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Origin of intension

First recorded in 1595–1605, intension is from the Latin word intēnsiōn- (stem of intēnsiō). See intense, -ion
Related formsin·ten·sion·al, adjectivein·ten·sion·al·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for in-tension

intension

noun
  1. logic
    1. the set of characteristics or properties by which the referent or referents of a given word are determined: thus, the intension of marsupial is the set containing the characteristics suckling its young and having a pouchCompare extension (def. 11a)
    2. Compare subjective intension
  2. a rare word for intensity, determination
  3. a rare word for intensificationSee intensification
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Word Origin and History for in-tension

intension

n.

c.1600, from Latin intensionem (nominative intensio) "a stretching, straining, effort," noun of action from past participle stem of intendere (see intend).

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