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10.1: Elements of Word Meaning: Intensions and Extensions

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  • One way to define the meaning of a word is to point to examples in the world of things the word refers to; these examples are the word’s denotation, or extension. Another component of a word’s meaning is the list of attributes in our mind that describe the things the word can refer to; this list is the intension of a word.
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    1. Sidney Crosby, Wayne Gretzy, and Maurice Richard, are all  ______________ of the phrase hockey player.

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    • Connotations.

    2. Has pages, binding, and contains writing are all __________________ of the word book.

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    • Intensions.
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    3. Head of state, lives in the White House, and American are all ______________ of the phrase President of the United States.

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    • Intensions.
    • Connotations.