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denotive

[ dih-noh-tiv ]
/ dɪˈnoʊ tɪv /
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adjective
used or serving to denote; denotative.
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Origin of denotive

First recorded in 1820–30; denote + -ive
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How to use denotive in a sentence

  • A strictly denotive name expresses no one quality or character, but embraces all qualities and characters.

    On the Evolution of Language|John Wesley Powell
  • Fritz noticed what effect his thoughtless shot had had, and gave vent to a low, peculiar whistle, denotive of surprise.

    Fritz to the Front|Edward L. Wheeler
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