no·​tion·​al | \ ˈnō-shnəl How to pronounce notional (audio) , -shə-nᵊl \

Definition of notional

2 : existing in the mind only : imaginary
3 : given to foolish or fanciful moods or ideas
4a : 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

Other Words from notional

notionality \ ˌnō-​shə-​ˈna-​lə-​tē How to pronounce notional (audio) \ noun
notionally \ ˈnō-​shnə-​lē How to pronounce notional (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl-​ē \ adverb

Examples of notional in a Sentence

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
Recent Examples on the Web The traditional synthetics market has demonstrated enormous growth potential, with a $610 trillion notional value in the first half of 2021. Lawrence Wintermeyer, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 Moreover, its design would set the standard for subsequent generations of surface vehicles built to support notional future human landings on Mars. Maddie Bender, Scientific American, 17 Feb. 2022 Perfect punctuality is a pinhead, a notional point on the continuum, kind of a Zeno’s paradox. James Parker, The Atlantic, 11 Feb. 2022 The dates for such a mission are so notional that NASA did not even include them on its chart. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 28 Jan. 2022 Called the Interstellar Probe, this notional spacecraft would study the sun’s cosmic environs in unprecedented detail. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, 6 Jan. 2022 The findings are based on the trading platform’s customer notional net percentage buy/sell behavior for stocks that comprise the S&P 500 sectors. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 4 Jan. 2022 The second is an ironclad determination to deny the first as new proposals are advanced from the notional stage to actual legislative language. Benjamin Zycher, National Review, 16 Dec. 2021 There is no overlap, no common ground or notional common good that can be hashed out and partially achieved through negotiation or compromise. Damon Linker, The Week, 6 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of notional

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Notional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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