Pali for "definition"

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Pali for "definition"

Post by danieLion » Sat Jan 12, 2013 11:23 pm

What are the Pali word(s) for "define", "definition", etc...?

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Re: Pali for "definition"

Post by cooran » Sun Jan 13, 2013 4:15 am

define : (v.t.) upalakkheti; viseseti; paricchindati; niccheti. (pp.) upalakkhita; visesita; paricchinna; nicchita.

definer : (m.) nirūpaka; paricchindaka.

definite : (adj.) nicchita; niyamita; paricchinna.

definite article : (m.) niyamanipāta.

definitely : (adv.) ekantena; saniyamaṃ.

definition : (nt.) upalakkhana; paricchindana. (m.) nicchaya. (f.) vavatthā.

definitive : (adj.) niyāmaka; paricchindaka; asandiddha." onclick=";return false;
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Re: Pali for "definition"

Post by Sylvester » Sun Jan 13, 2013 4:40 am

The suttas generally contrast -

byañjana/vyañjana = expression


attha = meaning.

Somewhat like the Western distinction between "denotaton" and "connotation".

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Re: Pali for "definition"

Post by danieLion » Sun Jan 13, 2013 5:44 am

These are excellent responses. Thanks a lot.

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