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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]
ref•er•ent(ˈrɛf ər ənt, ˈrɛf rənt)
the object or event to which a term or symbol refers.
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|Noun||1.||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"|