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de·note

 (dĭ-nōt′)
tr.v. de·not·ed, de·not·ing, de·notes
1. To mark; indicate: a frown that denoted increasing impatience.
2. To serve as a symbol or name for the meaning of; signify: A flashing yellow light denotes caution.
3. To signify directly; refer to specifically: The word "river" denotes a moving body of water and connotes such things as the relentlessness of time and the changing nature of life.

[French dénoter, from Latin dēnotāre : dē-, de- + notāre, to mark; see connote.]

de·not′a·ble adj.
de·no′tive adj.
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Adj.1.denotive - having the power of explicitly denoting or designating or naming
explicit, expressed - precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable; leaving nothing to implication; "explicit instructions"; "she made her wishes explicit"; "explicit sexual scenes"

denotive

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