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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.

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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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Lexical definitions are the most common kind of definition that writers and copyeditors encounter.
Alone, this problem of definitions can only stimulate conversations about what counts as innuendo or metaphor and what falls short.
Problems: Various issues have surfaced during the development of a digital goods definition that illustrate the complexity of trying to apply traditional sales/use tax rules to digital goods situations.
In the '90s, we educated physicians to believe that they needed the true own-occ definition, or they might be forced to take a more menial job in the event they became disabled and could no longer practice as a physician.
To follow up on this definition assignment, I require students to write an annotated bibliography that helps them wrestle further with the ways their chosen author and text uses Gothic conventions.
Sensible communication and reasoned debate depend upon accepted definitions of words.
For these reasons, as well as others, the law enforcement community should address the need for a uniform gang-member definition.
The legislative history confirms that Congress intended to adopt the SEC's definitions of certain enumerated non-audit services, including the SEC's exceptions for appraisal, valuation, and actuarial tax services.
Moreover, if you fall under this definition and are not excepted, use any means of interstate commerce (mail, e-mail, telephone) as part of your investment advisory business and are required to register with the SEC and fail to do so, you may have violated the act, subjecting you to criminal and civil prosecution.
For simplicity this analysis will focus on the CDC's AIDS case definition.
We could list additional behavioral characteristics of teamwork, but our point is that these definitions speak to how team members communicate with each other through words and actions.
An option that is increasingly being considered would be for the president to testify that he was telling the truth last January when he followed a precise definition of sexual relations that the presiding judge had approved in the Jones sexual misconduct lawsuit.
The foregoing issues: increasing longevity for those with developmental disorders, a new definition of mental retardation, and psychiatric co-morbidity in mental retardation all have a significant impact on the current rehabilitative-support service systems in the United States.
Outrageous as the above example is, the lack of a statement about the disability being associated with a health related condition in this definition becomes startling in juxtaposition to the second definition for people with severe cognitive or mental impairment.
When it comes to disposing of hazardous waste, the key is to determine whether a nursing home fits the definition of either a small- or a large-quantity generator.