Simple Definition of notional
: existing as an idea rather than as something real
Full Definition of notional
2 : existing in the mind only : imaginary
3 : given to foolish or fanciful moods or ideas
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
Examples of notional
The notional earnings of the company were close to the actual ones.
<she has a notional understanding of romantic love but no actual experience of being in love>
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