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notional

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adjective no·tion·al \ˈnō-shnəl, -shə-nəl\

Simple Definition of notional

  • : existing as an idea rather than as something real

Full Definition of notional

  1. 1 :  theoretical, speculative

  2. 2 :  existing in the mind only :  imaginary

  3. 3 :  given to foolish or fanciful moods or ideas

  4. 4 a :  of, relating to, or being a notion or idea :  conceptual b (1) :  presenting an idea of a thing, action, or quality <has is notional in he has luck, relational in he has gone> (2) :  of or representing what exists or occurs in the world of things as distinguished from syntactic categories

no·tion·al·i·ty play \ˌnō-shə-ˈna-lə-tē\ noun
no·tion·al·ly play \ˈnō-shnə-lē, -shə-nəl-ē\ adverb

Examples of notional

  1. The notional earnings of the company were close to the actual ones.

  2. <she has a notional understanding of romantic love but no actual experience of being in love>



1597

First Known Use of notional

1597


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