from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The patterned disposition of constituents within a given system.

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  • n. A schematic representation; a schema

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Combination of the aspects of heavenly bodies.
  • n. Particular form or disposition of a thing; an exhibition in outline of any systematic arrangement.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In astrology, the combination of the aspects of heavenly bodies.
  • n. Particular form or disposition of a thing; an exhibition in outline of any systematic arrangements; outline.
  • n. A system of schemata; a method of employing schemata.
  • n. In logic, the division of syllogism into figures.


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  • This formal and pure condition of sensibility, to which the conception of the understanding is restricted in its employment, we shall name the schema of the conception of the understanding, and the procedure of the understanding with these schemata we shall call the schematism of the pure understanding.

    The Critique of Pure Reason

  • This symbolic activity is introduced under the name "schematism" and is further characterized as a "product and, as it were, a monogram, of pure a priori imagination, through which ... images themselves first become possible."

    Bringing About the Past

  • What has been said shows a uniform plan in the structure of Genesis, which some scholars prefer to call "schematism". (i) The whole book is divided into ten sections. (ii) Each section is introduced by the same formula. (iii) The sections are arranged according to a definite plan, the history of the lateral genealogical branches always preceding that of the corresponding part of the main line. (iv)

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 11: New Mexico-Philip

  • The organization achieves a relation to all things which is determined purely by content: in accordance with its particular layout it already combats formalism and schematism and insists on the equal rights of all available means of expression.

    The Transformation of the World-Robert Chasse

  • Eco points out that this particular "iterative scheme" includes not just the basic outline of the story, but a "fixed schematism involving the same sentiments and the same psychological attitudes" — returning characters show little emotional development from story to story.

    Archive 2007-01-01

  • The worry here is simply that even allowing for the transcendental schematism of the judgment, there is still no absolute guarantee that a given universal transcendental principle or transcendental concept of the understanding, construed as a rule for ordering appearances, has been completely applied to sensory appearances.

    Kant's Theory of Judgment

  • This schematism of our understanding, in its application to appearances and their mere form, is an art concealed in the depths of the human soul, whose real modes of activity nature is hardly likely ever to allow us to discover, and to have open to our gaze.

    His Name Was Do Re Mi

  • But we immediately see that this realization of the causal schematism only applies at the cell level, at the level at which the transcription and translation apparatus shows up as a definite part of the machinery.

    Biological Information

  • The schematism comes to a climax, not surprisingly, at the conclusion where everything works out neatly--too neatly: the bad guy does a good thing, Emilia suddenly develops articulate insight and does the right thing, and absolute narrative, thematic, and symbolic closure ensues.

    I Wish I Knew How to Quit You, Ayelet

  • Heck, I understand a good portion of that due to having re-started reading some Eco dealing with cognitive types and schematism, but I woudln't feel up to trying to explain it in plain English. SEXIST DECLENSION.


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