Origin of notional

First recorded in 1590–1600; notion + -al1
Related formsno·tion·al·i·ty, nounno·tion·al·ly, adverbnon·no·tion·al, adjectiveun·no·tion·al, adjectiveun·no·tion·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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 notionally



"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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