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referent

[ref-er-uh nt]
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noun
  1. the object or event to which a term or symbol refers.
  2. Logic. the first term in a proposition to which succeeding terms relate.
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Origin of referent

1835–45; < Latin referent- (stem of referēns), present participle of referre. See refer, -ent
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Historical Examples

  • The strategy is to place the domain of the referent in the writings.

    The Civilization of Illiteracy

    Mihai Nadin

  • The only referent of philosophy is the human being constituted in practical experiences.

  • Either the term "minor epic" or "epyllion" is satisfactory, provided its referent is clear, and accurately described.


British Dictionary definitions for referent

referent

noun
  1. the object or idea to which a word or phrase refersCompare sense (def. 12)
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Word Origin

C19: from Latin referens, from referre to refer
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Word Origin and History for referent

adj.

1838, from Latin referentem (nominative referens), present participle of referre (see refer). As a noun from 1844.

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