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1. Of or relating to the assignment of names.
2. Grammar Of or relating to a common noun.
A name or descriptive epithet.

[Middle English, common (noun), from Old French appelatif, from Late Latin appelātīvus, from Latin appellātus, past participle of appellāre, to call upon, entreat; see appeal.]

ap·pel′la·tive·ly adv.
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1. an identifying name or title; appellation
2. (Grammar) grammar another word for common noun
3. of or relating to a name or title
4. (Grammar) (of a proper noun) used as a common noun
apˈpellatively adv
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(əˈpɛl ə tɪv)

n. adj.
3. tending toward or serving for the assigning of names: the appellative function of some primitive rites.
4. of or pertaining to a common noun.
[1375–1425; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Late Latin]
ap•pel′la•tive•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.appellative - identifying word or words by which someone or something is called and classified or distinguished from othersappellative - identifying word or words by which someone or something is called and classified or distinguished from others
name - a language unit by which a person or thing is known; "his name really is George Washington"; "those are two names for the same thing"
street name - an alternative name that a person chooses or is given (especially in inner city neighborhoods); "her street name is Bonbon"
byname, cognomen, moniker, nickname, sobriquet, soubriquet - a familiar name for a person (often a shortened version of a person's given name); "Joe's mother would not use his nickname and always called him Joseph"; "Henry's nickname was Slim"
form of address, title of respect, title - an identifying appellation signifying status or function: e.g. `Mr.' or `General'; "the professor didn't like his friends to use his formal title"
title - an appellation signifying nobility; "`your majesty' is the appropriate title to use in addressing a king"
Adj.1.appellative - pertaining to or dealing with or used as a common noun
2.appellative - inclined to or serving for the giving of names; "the appellative faculty of children"; "the appellative function of some primitive rites"
denotative, denotive - having the power of explicitly denoting or designating or naming
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The word or words by which one is called and identified:
Slang: handle, moniker.
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References in classic literature ?
But at this question, Queequeg, who had twice or thrice before taken part in similar ceremonies, looked no ways abashed; but taking the offered pen, copied upon the paper, in the proper place, an exact counterpart of a queer round figure which was tattooed upon his arm; so that through Captain Peleg's obstinate mistake touching his appellative, it stood something like this: -- Quohog his mark.
Old Marmaduke, for this formidable prenomen was a kind of appellative to the race, brought with him, to that asylum of the persecuted an abundance of the good things of this life.
"Just so; and is it the custom of the Genevese to give their children English appellatives?"
Thus, it may have happened that the place name Saksamaa 'Germany', through the intermediate link of an appellative word com bination, formed the basis for the creation of new place names.
By using the development of El and Baal as analogies, I contend that the development of the word Allah, which also can function as both an appellative and personal name in contemporary Indonesia, is at a crossroads to develop like either El or Baal.
Further complicating matters is that not only was there a god in the southern Levant known as Gad, but that the noun gad was also commonly used in personal names in its appellative sense to identify a particular god as a source of good fortune.
This downward trajectory is typified in the appellative journey from Hamilton's own non-profit media collective, Mosireen according to his mother, the novelist Ahdaf Soueif, this means 'determined' to the novel's similar group, portentously known as the Chaos Collective.
Ultimately, the ending shift of appellative address manifests a rightful separation of identity and the possibility of love in the cognition of Lyndon as other.
She refers to her slaves, Phin and Yaem, using the term "phi" meaning elder sister, rather than the derogatory appellative "ee" or the pronoun "mueng", by which a master or mistress typically addressed slaves or lower-class people.
The eventual name change was the result, once again, of very productive discussions within the Committee that led to the agreement that the appellative queer was, within and beyond Puerto Rico: (1) more recognizable and politically committed, and, (2) a way of inserting the Coloquio in a context of appropriation and affirmation of concepts originally used as forms of discrimination, so as to eliminate their violent effects (the same effort had proved very successful for us with the phrase "del otro la'o" in Spanish).
Despite the controversy in the technical jargon to catalog the tertiary amines as a curing or as a catalyst; the appellative catalytic curing agent is currently accepted and used for some chemical species that takes place in the chemical reaction of curing epoxy resins.
The appellative 'tea' in front of the word 'bowl' conjures certain woolly connotations of 'spirituality' and 'nature'.