- the object or event to which a term or symbol refers.
- Logic. the first term in a proposition to which succeeding terms relate.
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Historical Examples of referent
The strategy is to place the domain of the referent in the writings.
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.
- the object or idea to which a word or phrase refersCompare sense (def. 12)
Word Origin for referent
1838, from Latin referentem (nominative referens), present participle of referre (see refer). As a noun from 1844.