Definition:Meager Space/Non-Meager

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Let $T = \struct {S, \tau}$ be a topological space.

Let $A \subseteq S$.

$A$ is non-meager in $T$ if and only if it cannot be constructed as a countable union of subsets of $S$ which are nowhere dense in $T$.

That is, $A$ is non-meager in $T$ if and only if it is not meager in $T$.

Also known as

A subset which is non-meager in $T$ is also referred to as of the second category in $T$.

Also see

  • Results about non-meager (second category) spaces can be found here.

Historical Note

The concept of categorizing topological spaces into meager and non-meager was introduced by René-Louis Baire, during his work to define what is now known as a Baire space.

Linguistic Note

The word meager (British English: meagre) is a somewhat old-fashioned word meaning deficient, lacking, scrawny etc.

It originates from the French maigre, meaning thin in the sense of unhealthily skinny.