EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun intensification; increase in 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) Origin of intension
First recorded in
is from the
-ion Related forms in·ten·sion·al, adjective in·ten·sion·al·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for intension Historical Examples of intension
In general the greater the
intension the less the extension of them.
The woman's task is less in extension, but great in
John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts
In the final generalization, extension and
The technical name for any meaning which is thus individualized is
Propositions can be understood either in extension or in
intension. British Dictionary definitions for intension noun logic 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 pouch Compare extension (def. 11a) Compare subjective intension
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Word Origin and History for 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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