- to signify or suggest (certain meanings, ideas, etc.) in addition to the explicit or primary meaning: The word “fireplace” often connotes hospitality, warm comfort, etc.
- to involve as a condition or accompaniment: Injury connotes pain.
- to have significance only by association, as with another word: Adjectives can only connote, nouns can denote.
Origin of connote
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1. intimate, imply.
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Examples from the Web for connoted
Steam and gunpowder and electricity, what wonderful ideas were connoted in the words!The Doomsman
Van Tassel Sutphen
It was not the house; it was the significance of all connoted by the house.This Freedom
A. S. M. Hutchinson
Similar intellectual peculiarities seem to be connoted by the external differences which mark off other races from each other.Woman and Labour
When this was connoted to her she could scarcely keep her temper within the bounds of maternal tenderness.The Daughter of the Storage
William Dean Howells
Such preponderance (or logical priority), either of the one or the other, may be implied or connoted by the denomination given.
- (of a word, phrase, etc) to imply or suggest (associations or ideas) other than the literal meaningthe word "maiden" connotes modesty
- to involve as a consequence or condition
C17: from Medieval Latin connotāre, from notāre to mark, make a note, from nota mark, sign, note
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Word Origin and History for connoted
1660s, from Medieval Latin connotare "to mark along with," (see connotation). A common word in medieval logic. Related: Connoted; connoting.
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