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ɪnˈtɛn ʃənin·ten·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. intension, connotation(noun)

    what you must know in order to determine the reference of an expression


  1. intension(Noun)

    intensity or the act of becoming intense .

  2. intension(Noun)

    Any property or quality connoted by a word, phrase or other symbol, contrasted to actual instances in the real world to which the term applies.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Intension(noun)

    a straining, stretching, or bending; the state of being strained; as, the intension of a musical string

    Etymology: [L. intensio: cf. F. intension. See Intend, and cf. Intention.]

  2. Intension(noun)

    increase of power or energy of any quality or thing; intenseness; fervency

    Etymology: [L. intensio: cf. F. intension. See Intend, and cf. Intention.]

  3. Intension(noun)

    the collective attributes, qualities, or marks that make up a complex general notion; the comprehension, content, or connotation; -- opposed to extension, extent, or sphere

    Etymology: [L. intensio: cf. F. intension. See Intend, and cf. Intention.]


  1. Intension

    In linguistics, logic, philosophy, and other fields, an intension is any property or quality connoted by a word, phrase, or another symbol. In the case of a word, it is often implied by the word's definition. The term may also refer to all such intensions collectively, although the term comprehension is technically more correct for this. The meaning of a word can be thought of as the bond between the idea or thing the word refers to and the word itself. Swiss linguist Ferdinand de Saussure contrasts three concepts: ⁕the signifier – the "sound image" or string of letters on a page that one recognizes as a sign ⁕the signified – the concept or idea that a sign evokes ⁕the referent – the actual thing or set of things a sign refers to. See Dyadic signs and Reference. Intension is analogous to the signified, extension to the referent. The intension thus links the signifier to the sign's extension. Without intension of some sort, words can have no meaning. In philosophical arguments about dualism versus monism, it is noted that thoughts have intensionality and physical objects do not, but rather have extension in space. Intension and intensionality should not be confused with intention and intentionality, which are pronounced the same and occasionally arise in the same philosophical context. Where this happens, the letter s or t is sometimes italicized to emphasize the distinction.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of intension in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of intension in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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