The formal specification of the structural and behavioral properties of a descriptor. Sometimes called intension. Contrast: extent.

See also descriptor.


A descriptor, such as a class or an association, has both a description (its intent) and a set of instances that it describes (its extent). The purpose of the intent is to specify the structural and behavioral properties of the instances in an executable manner.

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