the object or event to which a term or symbol refers.
Logic. the first term in a proposition to which succeeding terms relate.

1835–45; < Latin referent- (stem of referēns), present participle of referre. See refer, -ent Unabridged
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referent (ˈrɛfərənt)
Compare sense the object or idea to which a word or phrase refers
[C19: from Latin referens, from referre to refer]

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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.
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