Definition of "intension" [in•ten•sion]

  • The state or quality of being intense; intensity. (noun)
  • The act of becoming intense or more intense; intensification. (noun)
  • Logic The sum of the attributes contained in a term. (noun)

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Use "intension" in a sentence
  • "The content of an expression in a context determines a corresponding intension, which is a function from possible worlds to extensions."
  • "For in the ordinary and natural form of proposition the subject is used in extension, and the predicate in intension, that is to say, when we use a subject, we are thinking of certain objects, whereas when we use a predicate, we indicate the possession of certain attributes."
  • "One which coincides in extension without coinciding in intension, that is, which applies to the same things without expressing the whole meaning, of the subject, is what is known as a Proprium or Peculiar Property."