Definition:Witness Property

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Definition

An $\LL$-theory $T$ is said to have the witness property if for every $\LL$-formula $\map \phi v$ with one free variable, there is a constant symbol $c$ in $\LL$ such that:


$T \models \paren {\exists v \map \phi v} \to \map \phi c$

that is, $\paren {\exists v \map \phi v} \to \map \phi c$ is a semantic consequence of $T$.


That is, every existential statement satisfied by $T$ is witnessed by a constant.