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Dont know if I'm missing something or just blind, but did MS not include the Add new List Definition template to VS2012 ? It was there in VS2010.

VS 2010 screenshot

VS 2012 screenshot

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Sorry about the external links but i'm not allowed to upload images yet. – Oddmar Dam Sep 13 '12 at 13:02
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Yes I believe this is the case.

When creating a List by the template shown in your screenshots a List Definition is also created, and then you can delete the List Instance. If you do this the List tab will simply not be clickable, and you can design your independent List Definition.

Walkthrough: Create a Site Column, Content Type, and List for SharePoint

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