denotative

[dee-noh-tey-tiv, dih-noh-tuh-tiv]
adjective
1.
having power to denote.
2.
denoting or tending to denote: the denotative meaning of a word.

Origin:
1605–15; denotate + -ive

denotatively, adverb
denotativeness, noun
nondenotative, adjective
nondenotatively, adverb
undenotative, adjective
undenotatively, adverb
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denotative (dɪˈnəʊtətɪv)
 
adj
1.  able to denote; designative
2.  explicit; overt
 
denotatively
 
adv

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denotative
1610s, from L. denotat-, pp. stem of denotare (see denote) + -ive.
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Example sentences
Identify differences between connotative and denotative meaning in text
  inability to identify denotative meaning in text.
The interpreter may use language self-referentially by altering denotative
  meaning by tonal connotation.
Often distinguishes between the denotative and connotative meanings of words.
Determine the meaning of unknown words by using a variety of strategies
  including the connotative and denotative meaning of words.
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