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referent

[ref-er-uh nt] /ˈrɛf ər ənt/
noun
1.
the object or event to which a term or symbol refers.
2.
Logic. the first term in a proposition to which succeeding terms relate.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; < Latin referent- (stem of referēns), present participle of referre. See refer, -ent
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  • It takes so little effort to weave referents into an answer or cut and paste a few relevant pieces.
  • The exact referents of the two seas remain a matter of debate.
British Dictionary definitions for referents

referent

/ˈrɛfərənt/
noun
1.
the object or idea to which a word or phrase refers Compare sense (sense 12)
Word Origin
C19: from Latin referens, from referre to refer
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Word Origin and History for referents

referent

adj.

1838, from Latin referentem (nominative referens), present participle of referre (see refer). As a noun from 1844.

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