When expansion is change

When news outlets and dictionaries lie:

Fact Check-Cambridge Dictionary expanded, not replaced its definition of “woman”

When it comes to definitions, expansion can be replacement. If you expand the definition of “apple” to include bananas, cherries, apricots, papayas, and tangerines, it’s no longer a definition of “apple.”

The Cambridge Dictionary updated its definition of the word “woman” to include a further definition that includes transgender women. However, social media users sharing the new definition mistakenly claim the dictionary replaced existing definitions of “woman” with the description.

See above. If you “expand” the definition of “woman” to include “trans woman” then the definition is no longer a definition of “woman”; you have replaced it. The social media users were not mistaken. Reuters is mistaken, the Cambridge Dictionary is mistaken.

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