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Definition df-nf 1707
Description: Define the not-free predicate for wffs. This is read "𝑥 is not free in 𝜑". Not-free means that the value of 𝑥 cannot affect the value of 𝜑, e.g., any occurrence of 𝑥 in 𝜑 is effectively bound by a "for all" or something that expands to one (such as "there exists"). In particular, substitution for a variable not free in a wff does not affect its value (sbf 2379). An example of where this is used is stdpc5 2074. See nf5 2113 for an alternate definition which involves nested quantifiers on the same variable.

Not-free is a commonly used constraint, so it is useful to have a notation for it. Surprisingly, there is no common formal notation for it, so here we devise one. Our definition lets us work with the not-free notion within the logic itself rather than as a metalogical side condition.

To be precise, our definition really means "effectively not free," because it is slightly less restrictive than the usual textbook definition for not-free (which only considers syntactic freedom). For example, 𝑥 is effectively not free in the formula 𝑥 = 𝑥 (see nfequid 1937), even though 𝑥 would be considered free in the usual textbook definition, because the value of 𝑥 in the formula 𝑥 = 𝑥 cannot affect the truth of that formula (and thus substitutions will not change the result).

This definition of not-free tightly ties to the quantifier 𝑥. At this state (no axioms restricting quantifiers yet) 'non-free' appears quite arbitrary. Its intended semantics expresses single-valuedness (constness) across a parameter, but is only evolved as much as later axioms assign properties to quantifiers. It seems the definition here is best suited in situations, where axioms are only partially in effect. In particular, this definition more easily carries over to other logic models with weaker axiomization.

The reverse implication of the definiens (the right hand side of the biconditional) always holds, see 19.2 1889.

This predicate only applies to wffs. See df-nfc 2750 for a not-free predicate for class variables. (Contributed by Mario Carneiro, 24-Sep-2016.) Converted to definition. (Revised by BJ, 6-May-2019.)

Assertion
Ref Expression
df-nf (Ⅎ𝑥𝜑 ↔ (∃𝑥𝜑 → ∀𝑥𝜑))

Detailed syntax breakdown of Definition df-nf
StepHypRef Expression
1 wph . . 3 wff 𝜑
2 vx . . 3 setvar 𝑥
31, 2wnf 1705 . 2 wff 𝑥𝜑
41, 2wex 1701 . . 3 wff 𝑥𝜑
51, 2wal 1478 . . 3 wff 𝑥𝜑
64, 5wi 4 . 2 wff (∃𝑥𝜑 → ∀𝑥𝜑)
73, 6wb 196 1 wff (Ⅎ𝑥𝜑 ↔ (∃𝑥𝜑 → ∀𝑥𝜑))
Colors of variables: wff setvar class
This definition is referenced by:  nf2  1708  nfi  1711  nfri  1712  nfd  1713  nfrd  1714  nftht  1715  19.38a  1764  19.38b  1765  nfbiit  1774  nfimt  1818  nfnf1  2028  nf5r  2062  19.9d  2068  nfbidf  2090  nf5  2113  nf6  2114  nfnf  2155  nfeqf2  2296  sbnf2  2438  dfnf5  3926  bj-alrimhi  32246  bj-ssbft  32284  bj-nfdiOLD  32474
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