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In the Peircean model of the sign, not an interpreter but rather the sense made of the sign. Its function is to connect the representamen with its object in the form of a mediating representation which creates a triadic relation that Peirce argues is the basis of semiosis. The interpretant divides into three subsidiary categories: the immediate interpretant, which is the grasped meaning of the sign, the dynamical interpretant, which is the actual effect of the meaning of the sign, and the final interpretant which is a habit of thought that is either reinforced, modified, or created anew by the meaning of the sign. Compare object; representamen.

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