- the class of particulars to which a term is applicable.
- that which is represented by a sign.
Examples from the Web for denotation
The so-called nihil privativum and the ens imaginarium do not properly come within the denotation of the term nothing.
We are more certain of their denotation than of their connotation; and though they may be explained, they cannot be defined.
In fact, it would be nearer to the truth to say that the meaning of "Scott" is the denotation of "the author of Waverley."Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays|Bertrand Russell
In denotation the genus includes the species; in connotation the species includes the genus.Logic|Carveth Read
A concept must, in its connotation, be an abstracted attribute, and in its denotation represent a class.
British Dictionary definitions for denotation
Word Origin and History for denotation
1530s, "indication," from Late Latin denotationem (nominative denotatio), noun of action from past participle stem of denotare (see denote). As a term in logic, from 1843 (contrasted with connotation).
Culture definitions for denotation
The basic dictionary meaning of a word, without its connotations. For example, the denotation of the word modern is “belonging to recent times,” although the word may have different connotations.