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referential

[ref-uh-ren-shuh l]
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adjective
  1. having reference: referential to something.
  2. containing a reference.
  3. used for reference.

Origin of referential

First recorded in 1650–60; referent + -ial
Related formsref·er·en·tial·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for referential

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Historical Examples

  • Compare a referential scenario, the first of the three which follow, with the other two.

    Dramatic Technique</p>

    George Pierce Baker

  • The written, as we know, almost constantly appeared together with other referential systems, especially images.

  • Paradoxically, the loss of the center also means that human beings lose their central role and referential value.

  • The advent of writing changed politics because it attached written testimony to it, which became a referential element.

  • What is of peculiar interest is the symptom in his malady called "referential ideas."

    Iconoclasts</p>

    James Huneker


Word Origin and History for referential

adj.

1650s, from reference (n.) on model of inferential, etc. Related: Referentially.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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