Nearby words

  1. notifiable,
  2. notifiable disease,
  3. notification,
  4. notify,
  5. notion,
  6. notionally,
  7. notionate,
  8. notions,
  9. notitia,
  10. noto

Origin of notional

First recorded in 1590–1600; notion + -al1

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Examples from the Web for notional

British Dictionary definitions for notional



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
  1. (of a word) having lexical meaning
  2. another word for semantic
Derived Formsnotionally, adverb

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Word Origin and History for notional



"pertaining to notions," 1590s, from notion + -al (earlier nocional, late 14c., from Medieval Latin notionalis). Meaning "full of whims" is from 1791. Grammatical sense is from 1928 (Jespersen); economics use is from 1958.

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