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The internal content of a concept.Often contrasted with extension (sense 4)
- ‘In the language of nominalism, the terms ‘black’ and ‘white’ purport to have mutually exclusive intensions and should therefore have mutually exclusive extensions, which they do not.’
- ‘All versions of externalism have in common that intensions don't determine extensions.’
- ‘They provide a vehicle for the imaginative extension and intension of space beyond and within the realist scale of the city.’
- ‘‘Inhalt’ stands for content, but is meant here in the sense of cognitive content or meaning rather than stuff, of intension as opposed to extension.’
- ‘On the other hand, two sentences have the same intension if they are logically equivalent, i.e., their equivalence is due to the semantic rules of the language.’
2archaic Resolution or determination.determination, purpose, purposefulness, resolve, resoluteness, single-mindedness, strength of will, strength of character, will power, firmness, firmness of purpose, fixity of purpose, intentness, decision, decidednessView synonyms
Early 17th century (also in the sense ‘straining, stretching’): from Latin intensio(n-), from intendere (see intend). intension (sense 1) dates from the mid 19th century.
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