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[ref-uh-ren-shuh l] /ˌrɛf əˈrɛn ʃəl/
having reference:
referential to something.
containing a reference.
used for reference.
Origin of referential
1650-60; referent + -ial
Related forms
referentially, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Compare a referential scenario, the first of the three which follow, with the other two.

    Dramatic Technique George Pierce Baker
  • The written, as we know, almost constantly appeared together with other referential systems, especially images.

  • The advent of writing changed politics because it attached written testimony to it, which became a referential element.

  • Paradoxically, the loss of the center also means that human beings lose their central role and referential value.

  • What is of peculiar interest is the symptom in his malady called "referential ideas."

    Iconoclasts James Huneker
Word Origin and History for referential

1650s, from reference (n.) on model of inferential, etc. Related: Referentially.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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