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 (dĭ-nō′tə-tĭv, dē′nō-tā′-)
1. Denoting or naming; designative.
2. Specific or direct: denotative and connotative meanings.

de·no′ta·tive·ly adv.
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(dɪˈnəʊtətɪv) or


1. (Linguistics) able to denote; designative
2. explicit; overt
deˈnotatively adv
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(ˈdi noʊˌteɪ tɪv, dɪˈnoʊ tə tɪv)

1. tending to denote.
2. pertaining to denotation.
de′no•ta`tive•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.denotative - having the power of explicitly denoting or designating or naming
explicit, expressed - precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable; leaving nothing to implication; "explicit instructions"; "she made her wishes explicit"; "explicit sexual scenes"
connotative - having the power of implying or suggesting something in addition to what is explicit
2.denotative - in accordance with fact or the primary meaning of a term
literal - limited to the explicit meaning of a word or text; "a literal translation"
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adj (Ling) → denotativ
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Even when words are given a denotative meaning, though, their alien form "desemanticizes" them much like Kristeva's obscene language as the physicality of pronouncing the words (or imagining their sound while reading silently) often dominates the denotative meaning (just as obscene language often has a denotative meaning that is de-emphasized when used).
Rusty Morrison, author of Beyond the Chainlink said, "Jordan Kantor has written that the denotative function of language is kin, in representational painting, to the way that what is pictured in the painting is foregrounded.
Denotative words can be substituted with connotative ones by those who are cognitively refined.
Signifiers that summon the interpretant as 'girl' are simultaneously denotative (literal meaning), and connotative (girl as a social construction).
62-63) asks slim data to bear much weight (must the agricultural usage of kol be taken at a patently denotative level), but the questions he raises about Jain associations with internal trade in contradistinction to Buddhist maritime activity merit the further study he proposes.
Humans eating humans was a denotative pejorative, often justifying the destruction of native groups in order to save them.
For Hall, making visible the processes through which meaning is produced and transformed--especially in terms of denotative and connotative functions (3)--allows us to grasp how particular representations come to dominate, and recognize that representation is dependent on circuits of textual production and the exchange of meanings between members of a given culture.
Seen in this way, a struggle among journalists to define a term like "valuable" is a struggle for "denotative conformity," or intersubjective agreement about the meaning of a word.
Second, using the approach of thematic analysis, the words were grouped in terms of their denotative and connotative meanings to capture the key themes.