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intension

[ in-ten-shuhn ]
/ ɪnˈtɛn ʃən /
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noun

intensification; increase in degree.
intensity; high degree.
relative intensity; degree.
exertion of the mind; determination.
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
in·ten·sion·al, adjectivein·ten·sion·al·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for intension

intension
/ (ɪnˈtɛnʃən) /

noun

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
a rare word for intensity, determination
a rare word for intensificationSee intensification
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