referent

[ ref-er-uhnt ]
/ ˈrɛf ər ənt /

noun

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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Origin of referent

1835–45; <Latin referent- (stem of referēns), present participle of referre.See refer, -ent
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British Dictionary definitions for referent

referent
/ (ˈrɛfərənt) /

noun

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

Word Origin for referent

C19: from Latin referens, from referre to refer
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