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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.]
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