Definitions

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  • n. The act of ostending, of presenting an ostensive definition
  • n. An act of showing or demonstrating
  • n. The showing of the sacrament on the altar in order that it may receive the adoration of the communicants.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The showing of the sacrament on the altar in order that it may receive the adoration of the communicants.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Eccles., the exposition of the sacrament or host. See exposition.

Etymologies

From Middle French ostension, in turn from Latin ostensio (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Even Strawson's insistence that epistemically basic particulars must be identifiable by ostension holds every bit as much for instances of physical process as for particular constrained material bodies.

    Process Philosophy

  • For the meaning of a word, as a wise ‎ philosopher pointed out some time ago, cannot be given by ostension, but depends on the ‎ ‎ – social – rules guiding the use of that word.

    REGIME CHANGE, LANGUAGE CHANGE

  • If so, it would seem more simple and direct to allow some role to Lockean ostension to experience or some other form of direct reference in our acquiring the concept of pleasure.

    Pleasure

  • The words "black" and "white" are italicised in the text, even when the men declare how they take their coffee, which, I feel, is taking ostension a little too far, but does add to the tension.

    Telegraph.co.uk: news, business, sport, the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Sunday Telegraph

  • As about the impossibility of an objective definition, charged against psyches by both South American psychotherapists and those circles, it meant that only ostension (namely, pointing to the reader's subjectivity, or intimate experience) could be used in such a substandard

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • Pseudo-ostension is the deliberate imitation of a known legend to perpetrate a hoax and thus fool people.)

    New Urban Legends

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  • "When I speak of learning language and nature otgether by ostension, and particularly..."

    November 26, 2007