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Sometimes got by the Explication of their Names.       §3. Indeed, now that Languages are made, and abound with
words standing for such Combinations, an usual way of getting these
complex Ideas, is by the explication of those terms that stand for them. For
consisting of a company of simple Ideas combined, they may by
words, standing for those simple Ideas, be represented to the Mind
of one who understands those words, though that complex Com-
bination of simple Ideas were never offered to his Mind by the real
existence of things. Thus a Man may come to have the Idea of
Sacrilege, or Murther, by enumerating to him the simple Ideas
which these words stand for, without ever seeing either of them
committed.
Locke Hum II, 22, §3, p. 289