Datum

[d_ˈeɪ_t_ə_m], [dˈe͡ɪtəm], [dˈe‍ɪtəm]

Definitions of datum:

  1.   The quantities or relations which are assumed to be given in any problem.
  2.   Something given or admitted; a fact or principle granted; that upon which an inference or an argument is based; - used chiefly in the plural.
  3.   an item of factual information derived from measurement or research
  4.   See DATA.
  5.   A fact given or assumed; a premise; used chiefly in the plural; as, the data are sufficient.
  6.   Something given or admitted; a quantity or fact given, known, or admitted, by which things or results unknown may be found.
  7.   Something assumed, known, or granted for the basis of an argument or inference; usually in plural.
  8.   Something given as a standard: datum- line, the base- line from which surface levels are reckoned.

Antonyms for datum:

fallacy, misstatement, falsehood, inaccuracy, myth, error, misconception.


Quotes for datum:

  1. The dualism itself becomes a sort of presupposition or datum its terms condition the further problem. – James M. Baldwin
  2. Knowledge is invariably a matter of degree: you cannot put your finger upon even the simplest datum and say this we know. – T. S. Eliot

Usage examples for datum:

  1. The belief which this datum of consciousness constitutes has a higher warrant than any other belief whatsoever. ” – Edward Caldwell Moore Outline of the History of Christian Thought Since Kant by Edward Moore
  2. “ I was using your disappearance as a datum in a problem that didn't require it. ” – Dead Giveaway by Gordon Randall Garrett
  3. He then shows that the doctrine of the Conservation of Energy supplies us with such a datum and thus the conclusion easily follows-" It would seem, then, that the only sense in which experience supports, in any shape, the doctrine of a First Cause, viz. ” – A Candid Examination of Theism by George John Romanes
  4. It is at best a confusing datum to which we must not attach a factitious importance. ” – The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu by Sax Rohmer
  5. As a matter of fact, it was only a temporary datum of one of His Majesty's surveying ships engaged in attempting to set the bounds of the Barrier. ” – The Confessions of a Beachcomber by E J Banfield
  6. In that case the sensation, as a mental event, will consist of awareness of the colour, while the colour itself will remain wholly physical, and may be called the sense- datum to distinguish it from the sensation. ” –  by
  7. “ Toxica zelotypo dedit uxor maecha marito, Nec satis ad mortem credidit esse datum Miscuit argenti lethalia pondera vivi, Ut celeret certam vis geminata necem. ” – Lucasta by Richard Lovelace
  8. We have, therefore, but to apply the postulate of self- existence to this single ultimate datum and we have a theory of things as rational as the Atheism of the last century was irrational. ” – A Candid Examination of Theism by George John Romanes
  9. If this is to be the case in the world of one man's sense- data, and if each sense- datum is to have not less than a certain finite temporal extension, it will be necessary to assume that we always have an infinite number of sense- data simultaneous with any given sense- datum – Our Knowledge of the External World as a Field for Scientific Method in Philosophy by Bertrand Russell
  10. Datum and ideatum come first, psychical and physical next in order. ” – John Dewey's logical theory by Delton Thomas Howard
  11. If we propose to ourselves, on the contrary, to penetrate into the historic events which have developed up to our own times, by taking, as we do, for a guiding thread the variations of the forms of the underlying economic structure up to the simplest datum in the variations of the tool of production, we must become fully conscious of the difficulty of the problem which we are setting ourselves: because here we have not merely to open our eyes and behold, but to make a supreme effort of thought, with the aim of triumphing over the multiform spectacle of immediate experience to reduce its elements into a genetic series. ” – Essays on the Materialistic Conception of History by Antonio Labriola
  12. It is clear, in the first place, that there can be no datum apart from a belief. ” –  by
  13. Datum Heidelberg, July 26, 1661. Your Imperial Majesty's most humble and obedient servant, Charlotta Countess Palatine of the Rhine, born Landgravine of Hesse. ” – Pictures of German Life in the XVth XVIth and XVIIth Centuries, Vol. II. by Gustav Freytag
  14. It is important to have both terms; for we wish to discuss whether an object which is at one time a sense- datum can still exist at a time when it is not a sense- datum – Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays by Bertrand Russell
  15. The sense- datum on the other hand, stands over against the subject as that external object of which in sensation the subject is aware. ” – Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays by Bertrand Russell
  16. “ No estimate, however, of even tolerable accuracy, can be drawn from so imperfect a datum though it was perhaps the best in our power to acquire. ” – A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench
  17. The bull omne datum optimum was considered a great inroad upon the rights of the church, and broke the union which had originally subsisted between the Templars and the ecclesiastics. ” – The History of the Knights Templars, the Temple Church, and the Temple by Charles G. Addison
  18. What is first in essence or absolutely, is the universal, that is, the form or idea, the datum of reason. ” – A Short History of Greek Philosophy by John Marshall
  19. This observed sequence is the fact from which she is said to infer, the datum of experience. ” – Logic, Inductive and Deductive by William Minto
  20. “ For any datum more ultimate than permanent existence is manifestly impossible, while any such datum as non- permanent existence would clearly render science impossible. ” – A Candid Examination of Theism by George John Romanes

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