Meaningful part of a
What are the terms in a natural language is often a bit vague. One
reason is that many natural languages have terms of which the meaning
may be changed by affixing or prefixing some letters to it, as indeed
also is possible to some extent in English, as witnessed by "'s" as in
Another is that no speaker of any well-developed widely spoken natural
language knows all its terms or uses all terms in the senses most
speakers of the language do.
Also, terms may be categorematic
or syncategorematic, and may
occur in a statement possibly separated by other terms, as is the case
with "if .. then" in English.
Sometimes it is claimed that terms have no meaning outside
statements, but that seems a mistake: Whoever knows English well knows
what is meant by "elephant", and doesn't need any statement within which
it figures to know the standard meaning of it.
If one takes "part of" in the above definition in the wide sense in
which something may be a part of itself, it follows meaningful
statements are terms, which is a usage that has advantages.