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I cannot seem to find a formal definition for the following.

What's a "collection" in the context of set theory?

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"Collections" have no formal existence in set theory. The word is deliberately left without a technical meaning, such that it is available for speaking about our intuitive non-rigorous idea about, erm, collections of things -- without implying that the collection we're talking about satisfies the formal conditions for being considered a "set" or "class", both of which are often technical terms.

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