Property information

alternative term

is role of



This relation is modeled after the BFO relation of the same name which was in BFO2, but is used in a more restricted sense - specifically, we model this relation as functional (inherited from characteristic-of). Note that this relation is now removed from BFO2020.


a relation between a role and an independent continuant (the bearer), in which the role specifically depends on the bearer for its existence

editor note

A role inheres in its bearer at all times for which the role exists, however the role need not be realized at all the times that the role exists.

example of usage

this investigator role is a role of this person

Property relations