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denotation (n.)

1530s, "indication, act of indicating by a name or sign," from Late Latin denotationem (nominative denotatio), noun of action from past-participle stem of Latin denotare "denote, mark out," from de- "completely" (see de-) + notare "to mark, note, make a note" (see note (v.)). Sense of "meaning or signification of a term" is from 1610s. As a term in logic, "that which a word denotes, names, or marks" (contrasted with connotation) from 1843. Related: Denotational.

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Definitions of denotation

denotation (n.)
the act of indicating or pointing out by name;
Synonyms: indication
denotation (n.)
the most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression; the class of objects that an expression refers to;
Synonyms: reference / extension
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