denotative

[ dee-noh-tey-tiv, dih-noh-tuh-tiv ]SEE DEFINITION OF denotative
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Definitions are of three types, denotative, expository, scientific.

It finds that "reality" is a denotative term, a word used to designate indifferently everything that happens.

Most terms (the exceptions and doubtful cases will be discussed hereafter) have two functions, a denotative and a connotative.

In every language those words which are denotative of sounds are nearly always also imitative of them.

Meaning here, then, can be neither the connotative nor denotative reference of a term; they are covered by the two prior formulae.

The workings of my thought thus determine both its denotative and its connotative significance more fully.

WORD ORIGIN

1610s, from Latin denotat-, past participle stem of denotare (see denote) + -ive.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR DENOTATIVE

denotive

adjectivedesignative
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