# Is there a term for properties that an entity has at a particular time, but which depend on the properties it has at other times?

Is there a term for properties that an entity has at a particular time, but which depend on the properties it has at other times?

For example, when he was a child, Lebron James had the property of being a future NBA player. This property depended on him possessing the property of being an NBA player at a future time. Or if the velocity of an object at a time t is the derivative of its position with respect to time at t, then the velocity of an object at t depends on its position at prior times.

• Actually, in physics, velocity is considered part of the state at the current time. See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagrangian_mechanics : the system dynamics are described by a function L(q, v, t) where q is position, v is velocity, and t is time. Together (q, v) make up the phase space of the system. A particle at (1, 0) with velocity (2, 3) is considered to have a different instantaneous state than a particle at (1, 0) with velocity (-1, 5). Commented Oct 9, 2021 at 14:18
• State. That is the product of past states, actions and interactions. Commented Oct 9, 2021 at 17:12
• @causative: It's not like Lagrangians are the only formalism Commented Oct 9, 2021 at 20:20
• Some authors call them diachronic properties, especially in linguistics, see e.g. Epistemological and mathematical considerations on the structure of H-Semiotic Systems and Diachronic Mind, p. 194. Commented Oct 9, 2021 at 23:40
• i am completely unsurprised that asking a simple question about terminology led to me getting 8 comments in which people gave me wrong answers, non-answers, or completely irrelevant lectures about physics. i hate philosophy. Commented Oct 14, 2021 at 0:44