Connote Definition

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To suggest or convey (associations, overtones, etc.) in addition to the explicit, or denoted, meaning.
The word “mother” means “female parent,” but it generally connotes love, care, tenderness, etc.
Webster's New World
To imply or involve as a result, accompaniment, etc.
Webster's New World
To have as a related or attendant condition.
For a political leader, hesitation is apt to connote weakness.
American Heritage

To possess an inseparable related condition; to imply as a logical consequence.

Poverty connotes hunger.

(intransitive) To express without overt reference; to imply.


Origin of Connote

  • Medieval Latin connotāre to mark along with Latin com- com- Latin notāre to mark (from nota mark gnō- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Medieval Latin connotō (“signify beyond literal meaning”), from com- (“together”), + notō (“mark”).

    From Wiktionary

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