Defining

Presented by Professor Tammy Turner, MAT, MLS

Formal definition

*define specialized terms

*do not use the word itself in the definition

*use words the audience is familiar with

*include the category to which the word belongs and distinguishing characteristics that make it different from others in the category



Extended Definition

*more detailed definition

*can stretch from several sentences to an entire paper

*used often with abstract concepts






Stipulative Definition

*specific definitions as defined by the author

*usually not the dictionary definition

*essential to the argument the author is making


As always...

Consider


*Purpose

*Audience

*Genre

*Stance

*Media/Design

Definition

Let's Practice!

Give a specific example of when you would use each of the following three types of definitions:

1. Formal

2. Extended

3. Stipulative

More Practice!

Pick a word to define. Determine a purpose, audience, and genre for your writing, then decide which type of definition would work for that particular writing situation.


Peace of mind

Right to privacy

Modesty
Integrity

Kindness

Generosity
Self-assurance

Healthy appetite

Sexism
Laziness

Humility

Frustration
Racism

Charisma

Dedication
Optimism

Gumption

Common sense
Sensitivity

Sense of humor

Sportsmanship
Team player

Trust

Liberal
Honor

Maturity

Respect
Conservative