Circularity in OED

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Tue Nov 25 13:49:28 UTC 2008

I'm not an expert in the theory of defining, but I notice that one of the definitions of "person" given in OED3 is "A role taken by a person."  Isn't this circularity, which is supposed to be a no-no in defining?  Am I missing something?

Fred Shapiro

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