des·​ig·​na·​tum | \ ˌdezigˈnātəm \
plural designata\ -​tə \

Definition of designatum

: something that is referred to by a word, sign, or linguistic expression whether actually existing or not : the class of objects referred to by a sign, including the null class contrasted with denotatum

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First Known Use of designatum

1923, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for designatum

Latin, neuter of designatus, past participle of designare to designate, design, literally, to mark out

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“Designatum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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