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denotative

[dee-noh-tey-tiv, dih-noh-tuh-tiv] /ˈdi noʊˌteɪ tɪv, dɪˈnoʊ tə tɪv/
adjective
1.
having power to denote.
2.
denoting or tending to denote:
the denotative meaning of a word.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; denotate + -ive
Related forms
denotatively, adverb
denotativeness, noun
nondenotative, adjective
nondenotatively, adverb
undenotative, adjective
undenotatively, adverb
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  • 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.
  • Distinguish between the denotative and connotative meanings of words.
British Dictionary definitions for denotative

denotative

/dɪˈnəʊtətɪv/
adjective
1.
able to denote; designative
2.
explicit; overt
Derived Forms
denotatively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for denotative
adj.

1610s, from Latin denotat-, past participle stem of denotare (see denote) + -ive.

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