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A b s t r a c t. Classical terminology, as reflected in the works of Eugen Wüster, assumes that the meaning of terms should be delimited precisely. Prototype theory can be seen as an existential threat to this approach, because it assumes that there is a gradual transition from clear instances of a concept to non-instances, without a natural cut-off point. The discussion of terms from a variety of different domains suggests that we should distinguish two types, called here terms in the narrowdoi:10.18290/rh.2018.66.11-4 fatcat:mkbf6ebptjbvlggxrli5qj5tsm