A connotative term is one that signifies something in relation to something or some things, called the "connotatum" or "connotata" of the term.
However, the term "wealthy" is obviously a connotative term because it signifies human beings in relation to their wealth, namely, as the possessors of wealth.
Nominal definitions are, however, essential to grasp the meaning of a connotative term. We could not conceivably be said to have the concept of a bachelor if we did not know that bachelors are never married men or the concept of a father without knowing that a father is a male parent.
Absolute and Connotative Terms and Their Modes of Acquisition.
Presumably, the depth of meaningfulness of a stimulus is directly related to the number or denotative and connotative terms
with which it is associated.
The application of schema theory in the analysis of 10:01 has also shown that links can confirm or refresh linguistic schemata by using denotative or connotative terms
as links and they can confirm or refresh world schemata by importing information from and to the fictional and actual worlds.
So 'The Brain has Corridors' and doors which bolt, and chambers--one of those connotative terms
which ally notions of intimacy (bedchamber), constituent parts of certain organs of the body, part of a revolver and mediaeval places of torture.
In order to see why, a crucial distinction which Ockham makes between absolute and connotative terms must be introduced.
(30) Connotative terms, on the other hand, signify something primarily and another thing secondarily.
In assigning words their semantic functions, a process Ockham refers to as subordinating(29) the word to a concept, more than one conventional term may come to be used to express a single concept and if the concept is complex, simpler terms may be introduced to abbreviate a complex sense (Ockham's simple connotative terms
.) Synonymy between conventional terms or sentences depends on the relationship of co-subordination of synonyms to the same mental term or sentence.
Of particular interest is Darge's recognition, in chapters 5, 6 and 7, of the role of the Ockhamist doctrine of connotative terms
for Suarez's distinction between being and its transcendental properties.
The expressions "vegetative soul" and "sensitive soul" are therefore connotative terms
having the same referent (for example, horse), but making that referent known in different ways.(16) Buridan's theory of connotation (often called "appellation" in propositional contexts) is an important device from an ontological standpoint.