# bounded complete

Let $P$ be a poset. Recall that a subset $S$ of $P$ is called bounded from above if there is an element $a\in P$ such that, for every $s\in S$, $s\leq a$.

Remark. Since it is not required that the subset be non-empty, we see that $P$ has a bottom. This is because the empty set  is vacuously bounded from above, and therefore has a supremum. However, this supremum is less than or equal to every member of $P$, and hence it is the least element of $P$.

Clearly, any complete lattice  is bounded complete. An example of a non-complete bounded complete poset is any closed subset of $\mathbb{R}$ of the form $[a,\infty)$, where $a\in\mathbb{R}$. In addition  , arbitrary products of bounded complete posets is also bounded complete.

It can be shown that a poset is a bounded complete dcpo iff it is a complete semilattice.

Remark. A weaker concept is that of Dedekind completeness: A poset $P$ is Dedekind complete if every non-empty subset bounded from above has a supremum. An obvious example is $\mathbb{R}$, which is Dedekind complete but not bounded complete (as it has no bottom). Dedekind completeness is more commonly known as the least upper bound property.

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