Denotation meaning

dēnō-tāshən
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Denotation is defined as the literal dictionary definition of a word, as opposed to the feelings or emotions the word brings up.

An example of denotation is the actual definition of the word "love" listed in a dictionary, instead of all of the feelings associated with the word love.

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The act of denoting; indication.
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The most specific or direct meaning of a word, in contrast to its figurative or associated meanings.
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The direct, explicit meaning or reference of a word or term.
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A distinguishing name; designation.
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The class of all the particular objects to which a term refers; extension.
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Something, such as a sign or symbol, that denotes.
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Something signified or referred to; a particular meaning of a symbol.
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The act of denoting.
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An indication or sign.
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The act of denoting, or something (such as a symbol) that denotes.
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(logic, linguistics, semiotics) The primary, literal, or explicit meaning of a word, phrase, or symbol; that which a word denotes, as contrasted with its connotation; the aggregate or set of objects of which a word may be predicated.

The denotations of the two expressions "the morning star" and "the evening star" are the same (i.e. both expressions denote the planet Venus), but their connotations are different.

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(philosophy, logic) The intension and extension of a word.
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(semantics) Something signified or referred to; a particular meaning of a symbol.
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(semiotics) The surface or literal meaning encoded to a signifier, and the definition most likely to appear in a dictionary.
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(computer science) Any mathematical object which describes the meanings of expressions from the languages, formalized in the theory of denotational semantics.
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(media-studies) A first level of analysis: what the audience can visually see on a page. Denotation often refers to something literal, and avoids being a metaphor.
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The definition of denotation is the act of referring to something by using a symbol, sign or special reference words.

An example of denotation is a symbol that represents a brand name.

An example of denotation is calling an auto mechanic a "car doctor."

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Origin of denotation

  • From to denote (from Middle French denoter, from Latin denotare "denote, mark out", itself from de- "completely" + notare "to mark") + -ation

    From Wiktionary