The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘Draft of Nichols Review [C]’


Another case is where a sign fully interpreted in its definition, the very creation of the new sign, not now bringing about an actual event, as with the dicisign, but merely imparting to the definition a certain capacity, or contingent power, that of being properly applied to designate whatever the definitum may designate. A sign whose whole purport can be so interpreted or conveyed is termed a rheme.

1904 [c.]
MS [R] 1476:6
‘Rhema’ (pub. 19.03.18-16:37). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Mar 19, 2018, 16:37 by Mats Bergman