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Most modern English learner's dictionary use defining vocabulary. It is good idea to define lemmas in a learner's dictionary with just limited number of words and even doing this with multi-layer strategy. Which French learner's dictionaries for adults use defining vocabulary?

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    +1 for that curious question! It appears that french lexicographers appear to prefer other innovative techniques. Marie-Noëlle Lamy explains that well as part of her "Lexicography: Reference works across time, space and languages". You'll find it partly on google books, start reading from p.174. – aCOSwt Nov 28 '18 at 14:16
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I do not think that such a dictionary about the French language (as far as I know) exists.

To the best of my understanding of your question the books below could consist of a starting point for constantly increasing French vocabulary for Anglophones.

Barron's French Vocabulary

Schaum's French

Building Vocabulary

French vocabulary for English speakers - 9000 words

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