Rules of Definition1.) Because definitions

Rules of Definition

1.) Because definitions are clear articulations of what a word means, which relate to the word itself only as more distinct to less distinct;

a.) the definition cannot use the word being defined
b.) it cannot use words less known than the word defined
c.) definition cannot use metaphor.
d.) the definition must be brief.
e.) the definition must be convertable with the word defined

2.) Because a definition is a clear articulation of the “what” or essence of a thing;

a.) It must contain the genus and species of the thing, for these correspond to the what of a thing.
b.) It must not be negative if possible, for negations do not explain what a thing is.

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