con·​no·​ta·​tive ˈkä-nə-ˌtā-tiv How to pronounce connotative (audio) kə-ˈnō-tə-tiv How to pronounce connotative (audio)
: connoting or tending to connote
: relating to connotation
connotatively adverb

Examples of connotative in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1614, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of connotative was in 1614

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“Connotative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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