Let's look at an example extended definition:
C. Understanding Extended Definition
As mentioned earlier, you'll find that in writing an extended definition,you must define other terms as well. Typically, short definitions--asentence, clause, or phrase in length--will suffice. Notice how many areadded to the "after" version in Figure G-19.
2. In an extended definition reflects attitude or reason for defining
. Outline of a report with a section of extendeddefinition. This view shows how different types of information structuremust be used to write an extended definition.
The first consideration is that a word doesn’t have one “right” meaning. There are more ideas or concepts than there are words, so the same word has to mean different things at different times. Conversely, different words or phrases can be used to name the same concept. What is necessary for clear thinking is that the parties to the conversation know what concept they are dealing with at any time. Therefore, in writing an extended definition, don’t define the —rather explain the , and show why it’s important that the reader have clearly in mind the same concept have in mind. When you write an extended definition, you literally grab at any of the writing resources or tools that will help you explain the term to your readers. This means considering all of the various sources of information that can help define the term adequately (for example, description, process narration, causal discussion, and classification). An extended definition can be built outward from a logical definition, also known as a dictionary definition, or a notional definition, or an Aristotelian definition. It takes this form: As mentioned earlier, you'll find that in writing an extended definition, you must define other terms as well. Typically, short definitions—a sentence, clause, or phrase in length—will suffice. Notice how many are added to the "after" version in the following.