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  • adv. According to, or as a matter of, definition.
  • adv. Necessarily; always; certainly.


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  • Not only did they face constant unknowns and first-contact situations, by definition they rolled up their sleeves and dived straight into the thick of them.

    Creative Couplings

  • Cane Creek, but it doesn't look very navigable to me, but by definition it's a navigable river.

    Oral History Interview with Daniel Okun, October 22, 1985. Interview K-0021. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007)

  • To say that men and women should not inject their “personal morality” into public-policy debates is a practical absurdity; our law is by definition a codification of morality, much of it grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition.

    The Audacity of Hope

  • Janet Browne mentions some of these far-flung Linnaean protégés: Osbeck sailed to China, Solander was on board the Endeavour with Captain Cook and Joseph Banks, Gmelin went to Siberia, Koenig to Tranquebar wherever that is, and Carl Peter Thunberg got into imperial Japan, after which he published his Flora Japonica, by definition a work of island biogeography.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • He was a newcomer and therefore by definition dimmer even than the regular auctioneers, which is to say beyond belief.

    The Vatican Rip

  • “Animal-assisted therapy by definition includes a mental health professional who has developed a treatment plan and an animal that assists in the therapy.”

    The Ups and Downs of Raising a Bipolar Child

  • Another hour's swift march brought him to less-familiar territory, by definition less safe.

    A Spell For Chameleon

  • The Treaties Library is by definition a work in progress.

    Australia - Effective Action on Human Rights

  • But if we confine the term mind to the soul, viewed as conscious, or as the subject of intellectual operations, then by definition we exclude unconscious states from the sphere of mind.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • There were three others, two of whom Hugh recognized as belonging to Joe-Jim's privately owned gang of bullies, muties by definition and birthplace; they were not deformed.

    Destiny Narrowly Avoided


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