- 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).
Origin of intension
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Examples from the Web for intension
In general the greater the intension the less the extension of them.Theaetetus
The woman's task is less in extension, but great in intension.Ethics
John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts
In the final generalization, extension and intension coalesce.The Philosophy of Evolution
Stephen H. Carpenter
The technical name for any meaning which is thus individualized is intension.How We Think
Propositions can be understood either in extension or in intension.Logic
- a rare word for intensity, determination
- a rare word for intensificationSee intensification
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Word Origin and History for intension
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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