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denotative

[dee-noh-tey-tiv, dih-noh-tuh-tiv]
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adjective
  1. having power to denote.
  2. denoting or tending to denote: the denotative meaning of a word.
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Origin of denotative

1605–15; < Latindēnotātus (past participle of dēnotāre to mark out, denote) + -ive
Related formsde·no·ta·tive·ly, adverbde·no·ta·tive·ness, nounnon·de·no·ta·tive, adjectivenon·de·no·ta·tive·ly, adverbun·de·no·ta·tive, adjectiveun·de·no·ta·tive·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for denotatively

denotative

adjective
  1. able to denote; designative
  2. explicit; overt
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Derived Formsdenotatively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for denotatively

denotative

adj.

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

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