connotation

[kon-uh-tey-shuhn]
noun
1.
a.
the associated or secondary meaning of a word or expression in addition to its explicit or primary meaning: A possible connotation of “home” is “a place of warmth, comfort, and affection.”
b.
the suggesting of additional meanings by a word or expression, apart from its literal meaning; the act of connoting.
Compare denotation ( def 1 ).
2.
something suggested or implied by a word or thing, rather than being explicitly named or described: “Religion” has always had a negative connotation for me.
3.
Logic. the set of attributes constituting the meaning of a term and thus determining the range of objects to which that term may be applied; comprehension; intension.

Origin:
1375–1425 for earlier sense; 1525–35 for current senses; late Middle English connotacion < Medieval Latin connotātiōn- (stem of connotātiō), equivalent to connotāt(us) (past participle of connotāre to connote; see -ate1) + -iōn- -ion

connotative [kon-uh-tey-tiv, kuh-noh-tuh-] , connotive, adjective
connotatively, connotively, adverb
nonconnotative, adjective
nonconnotatively, adverb
unconnotative, adjective


2. undertone, implication, import.
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connotation (ˌkɒnəˈteɪʃən)
 
n
1.  an association or idea suggested by a word or phrase; implication
2.  the act or fact of connoting
3.  logic another name for intension
 
connotative
 
adj
 
con'notive
 
adj
 
'connotatively
 
adv
 
con'notively
 
adv

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connotation
1530s, from M.L. connotationem, from connotare "signify in addition to the main meaning," a term in logic, from L. com- "together" + notare "to mark" (see note). A word denotes its primary meaning, its barest adequate definition -- father denotes "one that has begotten." A
word connotes the attributes commonly associated with it -- father connotes "male sex, prior existence, greater experience, affection, guidance."
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connotation definition


The meaning that a word suggests or implies. A connotation includes the emotions or associations that surround a word. For example, the word modern strictly means “belonging to recent times,” but the word's connotations can include such notions as “new, up to date, experimental.”

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Example sentences for connotatively
It is sometimes used interchangeably with the more connotatively severe term genocide.
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