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 (rĕf′ər-ənt, rĭ-fûr′ənt)
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]


(ˈrɛf ər ənt, ˈrɛf rənt)

the object or event to which a term or symbol refers.
[1835–45; < Latin referent- (s. of referēns), present participle of referre. See refer, -ent]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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"
denotative, denotive - having the power of explicitly denoting or designating or naming
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Six options exist: the individual can change inputs (work less); attempt to change outcomes (try to get more); distort perceptions of oneself; distort perceptions of the referents; choose a different referent or set of referents; or withdraw from the situation (Conner, 2003).
The fact that law creators may be long dead or have changed their views does not change the fact that those initial referents still exist as the bases for any particular law in question.
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The Winograd Schema Challenge is concerned with finding the referents of pronouns, or solving the pronoun disambiguation problem.
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What referents are typically used in social norm measures?
16) In this context, the crux of his argument is that, whatever first-order normative theory we accept, every claim of that theory remains true when we systematically reassign new referents to all the terms used to formulate our theory in a structurally isomorphic pattern.