notional

[noh-shuh-nl]
adjective
1.
pertaining to or expressing a notion or idea.
2.
of the nature of a notion or idea: a notional response to the question.
3.
abstract, theoretical, or speculative, as reflective thought.
4.
not real or actual; ideal or imaginary: to create a notional world for oneself.
5.
given to or full of foolish or fanciful ideas or moods.
6.
Grammar.
a.
relating to the meaning expressed by a linguistic form.
b.
having full lexical meaning, in contrast to relational.
7.
Semantics. belonging to a class of words that express clear concepts rather than relations between concepts; presentive. Compare relational ( def 3 ), symbolic ( def 4 ).

Origin:
1590–1600; notion + -al1

notionality, noun
notionally, adverb
nonnotional, adjective
unnotional, adjective
unnotionally, adverb
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notional (ˈnəʊʃənəl)
 
adj
1.  relating to, expressing, or consisting of notions or ideas
2.  not evident in reality; hypothetical or imaginary: a notional tax credit
3.  characteristic of a notion or concept, esp in being speculative or imaginary; abstract
4.  grammar
 a.  (of a word) having lexical meaning
 b.  another word for semantic
 
'notionally
 
adv

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Example sentences
Theoretical lobby with putative elevator leads to five notional floor-thru
  lofts.
In this notional construct, war became not destructive, but constructive.
Temperance was always a more notional than an actual virtue round here.
The government charges departments a notional amount each year to cover the
  increase in future liabilities.
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