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[49] Aristotle1 in his Rhetoric states that all enquiry turns on the questions whether a thing is, of what kind it is, how great it is, and of how many parts it consists. In one place however he recognises the force of definition as well, saying that certain points are defended on the following lines:—“I took it, but did not steal it.” “I struck him, but did not commit an assault.”

1 Ar. Rhet. 1416 b: 1374 a.

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