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a statement of the meaning of a word or phrase.
conceptual definition an identification of the personal knowledge or connotative meaning of a word. These meanings are often difficult to express; the meaning is “known” but not easily put into words.
operational definition a definition, method, or procedure used to measure or represent a concept or variable in a specific situation.
target definition the definition of a specific target that is identified on the intervention scheme of the omaha system.
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In optics, the power of a lens to give a distinct image.
See also: resolving power.
[L. de-finio, pp. -finitus, to bound, fr. finis, limit]
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Imaging The clearly delineated limit of a thing visible by the eye. Cf Resolution.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


In optics, the power of a lens to give a distinct image.
See also: resolving power
[L. de-finio, pp. -finitus, to bound, fr. finis, limit]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

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Q. what is the definition of Autism? how would i know if one is autistic and the other one is not , or has only minor disorder ?

A. Autism is a brain development disorder that is characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, and restricted and repetitive behavior, all starting before a child is three years old. This set of signs distinguishes autism from milder autism spectrum disorders (ASD) such as pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified. Diagnosis should be made if suspected, by a specialits in child psychiatry or child developement.

Q. What is the definition of Autism?

A. Autism is defined by symptoms from each of the following three categories: qualitative impairment in social interaction, impairment in communication, and restricted repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior or interests.

By definition, the onset of autistic disorder is before the age of 3 years, although in some cases, it is not recognized until a child is much older.

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A likely future trend is movement toward greater consistency in conceptual definition and classification criteria similar to what occurred in mental retardation in the 1950s and 1960s (Reschly, 1992).
Issues related to the conceptual definition of economic bond cause the greatest problems.
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This article represents a beginning effort to fill the need for a conceptual definition of cultural competence for TRA parents based primarily on an extensive review of the literature, as well as feedback from a panel of experts and a group of TRA parents.

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