A definition paper is one that is purely factual and simply explains a situation or topic in a relatively un-emotive manner. Although a definition paper can support a thesis and does reach a conclusion the information contained in the paper does not reflect the writer's opinion on the subject matter.

Introduction

The introductory paragraph explains what the paper is about and the focus of the paper. If we use Clare's (In Cold Blood by Capote; see previous articles) thesis example the introduction would include the thesis as it stands plus the central focus of the information supplied in the paper. So in Clare's thesis the paper would also discuss the concept of journalist bias and integrity and these features would be mentioned in the introduction as well.

Main body

The number of paragraphs the paper has will depend on the word count of the finished article. Like we have noted in the argumentative paper each paragraph of a definition paper will provide further explanations of the issues described in the opening paragraphs, using topic and transition statements to allow the paper to inform in a logical and linear manner.

Conclusion

It is important to note that in the conclusion of any paper that there be no new information introduced in the paper. In a definition paper the concluding paragraph will summarize the relationship between the main points in the paper and the thesis statement, with the final sentence providing closure on the issue.
The Creative Approach to Definition Essay Writing
A definition essay is one of the many assignments given to students in a majority of subjects. As you might have guessed from the name, its objective is to define a notion, an issue, a phenomenon, etc. Certainly, a good dictionary will provide you with definitions for most of the things, but this is definitely insufficient to create a decent essay.

Tips for a Captivating and Developed Definition Essay

· Remember to formulate a thesis statement as it will assert the objective and main idea of your essay.
· Try to find a new angle to defining the notion in question.
· Employ all 5 senses to engage the reader. Appeal to the sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch if it is applicable for your topic.
· Don’t take a dictionary entry to describe your topic. Make use of your own thoughts, opinions and perceptions instead.
· However, you shouldn’t rely solely on your own knowledge either. Most probably, you will need to conduct a research on the subject.
· Use various stylistic devices (such as metaphor, rhetorical question, allusion, simile, etc.) to increase the literary richness of your definition essay.
Below you can review three outlines for quality definition essays.

Topic 1: Prejudice

Thesis statement

Prejudice is a misbelief about something or someone which is usually based on an unjustified opinion.

Introduction

Prejudice plays a significant role in our lives even if we do not admit it. It is necessary to have the clear understanding of prejudice to detect it in others and prevent oneself from having it.

Body paragraphs

The points to consider when writing the body:
1. How prejudice is formed.
2. Is prejudice a feeling or a trait of one’s character?
3. What kinds of people are likely to be prejudiced?
4. Does the level of intelligence and education influence the proneness to prejudice?
5. Did famous writers mention the issue of prejudice? What were their opinions?

Conclusion

Re-define the notion of prejudice in terms of the research results and deductions.

Topic 2: Stereotypes of marriage


Thesis statement

Marriage stereotypes are certain ideas which are held true about marriage and roles of a husband and a wife in it.

Introduction

Marriage is one of the basic institutions of society. It has been researched and analyzed for centuries. Most beliefs have developed and changed, but some have remained as the fundamental basis. They are called marriage stereotypes or tenets being declared as true without giving proper reasoning.

Body paragraphs

Some ideas to tackle are:
1. Gender roles in family.
2. Biblical roles in marriage as a source of postulates about family.
3. List of marriage related beliefs.
4. The significance of the influence family stereotypes have on people.
5. Impact of changes in society on stereotypes.

Conclusion

Restate how these stereotypes were formed and what for. Resume their role in society.

Topic 3: Alternative energy

Thesis statement

Alternative energy includes all unconventional sources of electrical energy.

Introduction

Fossil fuels are being exhausted. Therefore, the need has arisen to find other sources of energy.

Body paragraphs

Possible questions to address are:
1. Why is there a need for alternative energy resources?
2. What can be a source of electrical energy?
3. How these alternative resources are different from the conventional ones?
4. Do they have any drawbacks?
5. Can they be used as the main source of energy potentially and currently?

Conclusion

Give a fuller definition of alternative energy which will be based on your findings and inferences.