denotative

[ dee-noh-tey-tiv, dih-noh-tuh-tiv ]
/ ˈdi noʊˌteɪ tɪv, dɪˈnoʊ tə tɪv /

adjective

having power to denote.
denoting or tending to denote: the denotative meaning of a word.

Nearby words

  1. denominationalism,
  2. denominative,
  3. denominator,
  4. denotate,
  5. denotation,
  6. denote,
  7. denotive,
  8. denouement,
  9. denounce,
  10. denpasar

Origin of denotative

1605–15; < Latindēnotātus (past participle of dēnotāre to mark out, denote) + -ive

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British Dictionary definitions for denotative

denotative

/ (dɪˈnəʊtətɪv) /

adjective

able to denote; designative
explicit; overt
Derived Formsdenotatively, adverb

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Word Origin and History for denotative

denotative

adj.

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

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