- pertaining to or expressing a notion or idea.
- of the nature of a notion or idea: a notional response to the question.
- abstract, theoretical, or speculative, as reflective thought.
- not real or actual; ideal or imaginary: to create a notional world for oneself.
- given to or full of foolish or fanciful ideas or moods.
- relating to the meaning expressed by a linguistic form.
- having full lexical meaning, in contrast to relational.
- Semantics. belonging to a class of words that express clear concepts rather than relations between concepts; presentive.Compare relational(def 3), symbolic(def 4).
Origin of notional
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Examples from the Web for notional
Panetta was no fan of Blair, whom he called his “notional boss” inside the intelligence community.Obama’s Ex-CIA Chief Slams White House for ‘Hesitation and Half Steps’
October 3, 2014
Once, in a moment of grace, I allowed myself to imagine a notional platform for such a party.Yair Lapid's Historic Opportunity
January 24, 2013
The nation bleeds but we seem to have a president for whom emotion is notional.The Tiger Binge
December 16, 2009
Illiquidity was not a problem when notional prices went up in the boom years.
When credit became less available in the financial meltdown, these alternative investments rapidly shed their notional value.
General maxims, unless they be formed upon both, will be but notional, v.10.Essay on Man
But ships are notional, and these expectations are sometimes dashed.
When the sense of God's authority over us is practical, and not notional only.A Christian Directory (Volume 1 of 4)
When he's sort of wild and notional by nature and traps set for him?Under the Law
Edwina Stanton Babcock
The Form stands first, the Matter second, not in time, but in notional presentation.Aristotle
- relating to, expressing, or consisting of notions or ideas
- not evident in reality; hypothetical or imaginarya notional tax credit
- characteristic of a notion or concept, esp in being speculative or imaginary; abstract
- (of a word) having lexical meaning
- another word for semantic
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Word Origin and History for notional
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