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 (rĕf′ər-ənt, rĭ-fûr′ənt)
A person or thing to which a linguistic expression refers.


the object or idea to which a word or phrase refers. Compare sense12
[C19: from Latin referens, from referre to refer]


(ˈrɛf ər ənt, ˈrɛf rənt)

the object or event to which a term or symbol refers.
[1835–45; < Latin referent- (s. of referēns), present participle of referre. See refer, -ent]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.referent - something referred to; the object of a reference
meaning, signification, import, significance - the message that is intended or expressed or signified; "what is the meaning of this sentence"; "the significance of a red traffic light"; "the signification of Chinese characters"; "the import of his announcement was ambiguous"
antecedent - the referent of an anaphor; a phrase or clause that is referred to by an anaphoric pronoun
denotatum - an actual object referred to by a linguistic expression
designatum - something (whether existing or not) that is referred to by a linguistic expression
2.referent - the first term in a proposition; the term to which other terms relate
term - one of the substantive phrases in a logical proposition; "the major term of a syllogism must occur twice"
3.referent - something that refers; a term that refers to another term
term - a word or expression used for some particular thing; "he learned many medical terms"
Adj.1.referent - having reference; "judgments referent to the indictment"
denotative, denotive - having the power of explicitly denoting or designating or naming
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Martin and colleagues found evidence of self and social referent athletic identity in athletes with disabilities.
Associations between patient- or hospital-level characteristics and length-of-stay (in days) estimated by multivariable negative binomial regression analysis (ab) Adjusted IRR p Variable Categories (95% CI) value Age (years) <50 Referent 0.
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NNA - We acknowledge Speaker Berri as a major referent, caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati stated during his summing up of the outcome of his meeting with Berri at Ein-Teeneh residence today.
Lyons (1999) views the grammatical category of definiteness as the grammaticalisation of semantic and pragmatic definiteness, which has to do with whether or not a referent is familiar and therefore uniquely or inclusively identifiable to the addressee.
respondents residing in non-AF4Q communities) serving as the referent.
The National Bank of the republic of Macedonia (NBRM) reduced the referent interest rate to record low 3.
The use of referent others to establish the concept of competitive cohorts is presented as a way to extend the understanding of strategic decision making in organizations.
In this article, I suggest that "the Law," (hereinafter the LAW) can be most functionally understood as a conglomeration of referent ideals which emanate from the minds of law creators, and are the source of what we regularly understand as laws.
This is evident, for example, in remarks that imply that the move involves the "deepening of the referent object beyond the state" (p.