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notional

[noh-shuh-nl] /ˈnoʊ ʃə nl/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or expressing a notion or idea.
2.
of the nature of a notion or idea:
a notional response to the question.
3.
abstract, theoretical, or speculative, as reflective thought.
4.
not real or actual; ideal or imaginary:
to create a notional world for oneself.
5.
given to or full of foolish or fanciful ideas or moods.
6.
Grammar.
  1. relating to the meaning expressed by a linguistic form.
  2. having full lexical meaning, in contrast to relational.
7.
Semantics. belonging to a class of words that express clear concepts rather than relations between concepts; presentive.
Compare relational (def 3), symbolic (def 4).
Origin of notional
1590-1600
First recorded in 1590-1600; notion + -al1
Related forms
notionality, noun
notionally, adverb
nonnotional, adjective
unnotional, adjective
unnotionally, adverb
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  • General maxims, unless they be formed upon both, will be but notional, v.10.

    Essay on Man Alexander Pope
  • But ships are notional, and these expectations are sometimes dashed.

  • When the sense of God's authority over us is practical, and not notional only.

  • When he's sort of wild and notional by nature and traps set for him?

    Under the Law Edwina Stanton Babcock
  • The Form stands first, the Matter second, not in time, but in notional presentation.

    Aristotle George Grote
British Dictionary definitions for notional

notional

/ˈnəʊʃənəl/
adjective
1.
relating to, expressing, or consisting of notions or ideas
2.
not evident in reality; hypothetical or imaginary: a notional tax credit
3.
characteristic of a notion or concept, esp in being speculative or imaginary; abstract
4.
(grammar)
  1. (of a word) having lexical meaning
  2. another word for semantic
Derived Forms
notionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for notional
adj.

"pertaining to notions," 1590s, from notion + -al (earlier nocional, late 14c., from Medieval Latin notionalis). Meaning "full of whims" is from 1791. Grammatical sense is from 1928 (Jespersen); economics use is from 1958.

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