Minimum Vocabulary

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Bertrand Russell described a Minimum Vocabulary as one where no word can be described in terms of another word.[1]


His Principia Methematica defined all of mathematics with no new words at all, only the terms of logic.

  • A a Minimum Vocabulary is never a complete description of the state of the world, only of the world that can be described by it.

Other Terms

Vocabularies are the basic building blocks > for inference techniques on the Semantic Web. ... A formal ontology is a controlled vocabulary expressed in an ontology representation language. This language has a grammar for using vocabulary terms to express something meaningful within a specified domain of interest.


  1. Bertrand Russell, My Mental Development in The World of Mathematics 1956