The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘Draft of Nichols Review [C]’


..there are signs that both can be and have to be interpreted in an appropriate act and deed, in order that their peculiar purport may be conveyed. Let a man write his name on a scrap of paper, and it means nothing; but let him affix it to a legal instrument or affidavit, and it asserts. Such an assertive sign is technically named a dicisign.

1904 [c.]
MS [R] 1476:6
‘Dicisign’ (pub. 19.03.18-16:32). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Mar 19, 2018, 16:32 by Mats Bergman