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A law was passed April 2, 1884, defining the rights of the married woman.

Thus England was fashioning a new system and defining a new policy.

Orismologia -y: the defining of scientific or technical terms.

When the term is used in defining a fabric, it is a delusion and a snare.

He has none of the defining disquisitions that are born of the closet.

Spencer is right in defining the intellect by this correspondence.

Essence and Essential Being are terms which may also be used in defining it.

Can we blame Paul if he shrank a bit from defining the latter too precisely.

In defining the trend, shifts, cross-currents, and flurries are not considered.

This, at all events—I thought is as far as I dare go in defining what Art is.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "to specify; to end," from Old French defenir "to end, terminate, determine," and directly from Latin definire "to limit, determine, explain," from de- "completely" (see de-) + finire "to bound, limit," from finis "boundary, end" (see finish (n.)). Related: Defined; defining.

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