Abhihitavadin, Abhihitavādin, Abhihita-vadin: 1 definition


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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Abhihitavādin (अभिहितवादिन्).—m. a particular doctrine (or the follower of that doctrine) on the import of words, as opposed to अन्विताभिधानवाद, -वादिन् (anvitābhidhānavāda, -vādin). The anvitābhidhānavādins (the Mīmāṃsakas, the followers of Prabhākara) hold that words only express a meaning (abhidhāna) as parts of a sentence and grammatically connected with one another (anvita); that they, in fact, only imply an action or something connected with an action; e. g. घटम् (ghaṭam) in घटम् आनय (ghaṭam ānaya) means not merely 'jar', but 'jar' as connected with the action of 'bringing' expressed by the verb. The abhihitānvayavādins (the Bhāṭṭas or the followers of Kumārilabhaṭṭa who hold the doctrine) on the other hand hold that words by themselves can express their own independent meanings which are afterwards combined into a sentence expressing one connected idea; that, in other words, it is the logical connection between the words of a sentence, and not the sense of the words themselves, that suggests the import or purport of that sentence; they thus believe in a tātparyārtha as distinguished from vāchyārtha; see K. P.2 and Maheśvara's commentary ad hoc. °तिः (tiḥ) f. Naming, speaking &c.

Abhihitavādin is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms abhihita and vādin (वादिन्). See also (synonyms): abhihitānvayavāda.

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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