referent

[ref-er-uhnt]
noun
1.
the object or event to which a term or symbol refers.
2.
Logic. the first term in a proposition to which succeeding terms relate.

Origin:
1835–45; < Latin referent- (stem of referēns), present participle of referre. See refer, -ent

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referent (ˈrɛfərənt)
 
n
Compare sense the object or idea to which a word or phrase refers
 
[C19: from Latin referens, from referre to refer]

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Example sentences
The vice president has only referent power based on the strength of his relationship with the president.
It went on to a much longer and richer abstract life as a preposition, its original referent forgotten.
These are the choice of the referent, absolute or relative comparisons, and measurement of adverse or favorable events.
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