Template:Definition needed/doc

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This template is a self-reference and so is part of the Wikipedia project rather than the encyclopedic content.


This template should be used in articles where a term is used that lacks definition, so that is unclear what is being referred to when using the term. This requests that a definition be provided, so that the meaning of the sentence can be ascertained.

{{Definition needed|date=February 2020}}

This produces:

[definition needed]

This template will add the article tagged to Category:Wikipedia articles needing clarification or a monthly subcategory thereof.

See also

  • {{Definition}} – when multiple definitions or meanings exist, or there is no consensus definition or meaning
  • {{Disambiguation needed}} – for the special case where the term needing clarification is wikilinked to a disambiguation page, and you are unable to find a suitable replacement link.
  • {{Ambiguous}} – for ambiguous statements
  • {{Clarify}} – for other text that is difficult to understand

Use {{Definition needed}} in the body of an article as a request for other editors to add a definition to text that assumes familiarity with a term. When the problem is not with [[WP:jargon]] or technical terms, but simply with the wording, one may use {{Clarify}} instead. For dealing with dubious information, please use one of the following: {{citation needed}}, {{Verify source}}, {{Dubious}} or {{Disputed inline}}; otherwise, {{Explain}} may be a good choice,

Template parameters

This template prefers inline formatting of parameters.


A brief reason for the tag. Because it may not be immediately apparent to other editors what about the tagged passage is in need of further explanation, a brief reason is generally helpful. The reason parameter displays when the mouse cursor is placed over the text the template inserts.


An optional date parameter that records when the tag was added. If this template is added without the date parameter, the date parameter will be added soon after by a [[WP:BOT|bot]].

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