[ref-uh-ren-shuh l]


having reference: referential to something.
containing a reference.
used for reference.

Origin of referential

First recorded in 1650–60; referent + -ial
Related formsref·er·en·tial·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of referential

  • Compare a referential scenario, the first of the three which follow, with the other two.

    Dramatic Technique

    George Pierce Baker

  • The written, as we know, almost constantly appeared together with other referential systems, especially images.

  • Paradoxically, the loss of the center also means that human beings lose their central role and referential value.

  • The advent of writing changed politics because it attached written testimony to it, which became a referential element.

  • What is of peculiar interest is the symptom in his malady called "referential ideas."


    James Huneker

Word Origin and History for referential

1650s, from reference (n.) on model of inferential, etc. Related: Referentially.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper