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Definition Paragraph. A definition paragraph explains what a term means to you. A definition explains the meaning of something or the writer’s personal meaning of a word.

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    1. Definition Paragraph

    2. A definitionparagraph explains what a term means to you.A definition explains the meaning of something or the writer’s personal meaning of a word.

    3. These definitions have a three-part structure that includes:1) the term to be defined2) the general class to which the term belongs3) the things that make the term different from other terms in its class.

    4. Write the definition in your own words and think about wording that will make sense to your reader. Do not write a definition that sounds like it came from a dictionary.

    5. You can consult your dictionary to find out what the term means, but your paragraph will include much more than the dictionary’s definition. It will include a personal definition

    6. A single-sentence formal definition is often not enough to define a technical term, a concept, or a complicated subject. That’s why you have to write a longer definition in a DEFINITION paragraph or essay.

    7. The topic sentence for a definition paragraph includes the term being defined and a main characteristic of what is being defined. That’s a short formal definition of the term that the paragraph will discuss.

    8. The supporting details for a definition paragraph develop the characteristic of the term being defined.They may include description and examples. Also, they may mention what something is not.

    9. Your supporting details explain the characteristics of the term. Examples can also explain the characteristic.

    10. The paragraph then goes on to expand this definition, using description, illustration, and narration to develop the definition

    11. Topic sentence- states the term and gives a main characteristic of the term.Supporting details – Explain the characteristic and may include description and examples or may state what the term is not.Closing sentence – may refer to the topic sentence or may explain the importance of the term.

    12. Define: Love Friendship Happiness Pressure/stress Success Freedom Sexual harassment An ideal husband/wife A good teacher

    13. Democracy is a form of governmenta university is an institution of learninga cabbage is a planta family is not a corporationa good job does not have to offer a high salarythe ideal pet is not necessarily a dog or a cat

    14. Transitions used for definition:The term is defined as…is understood to be…means that…is sometimes thought to be…signifies…

    15. The End!