by definition

by definition

According to the literal definition or widely-known understanding of something. You know, illegal activities by definition break the law. I always thought that singers were outgoing by definition—until I saw how shy you are off-stage.

by definition

According to prior determination, as a given. For example, This antibiotic is by definition the most effective now on the market. [1970s]
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AIDS by definition is not new and is not a disease," the web site of HEAL Toronto declares.
This follows from the fact that, by definition, a position that has a reasonable basis is not a negligent position; see Regs.