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

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

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Here then was a hardworking, readymade look, an identifying aesthetic with a notional connection to virtues of self-sufficiency, sustainability, the wild, and, if not out-and-out Luddism, at least an appreciation of analog competence. Jonny Diamond, Longreads, "Lumbersexuality, a Sport and a Pastime," 8 June 2019 Four soldiers quickly become just two and a new notional tank armed with an autocannon, two machine guns, and a brace of anti-tank missiles appears out of thin air to wrap itself around the pair. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This Crazy Ad for an Israeli Future Tank Is Something Else," 12 Mar. 2019 The idea was originally the notional musing of a colleague, but Earl elevated it, making the fin the highlight of the 1948 Cadillac. Patrick Cooke, WSJ, "‘Fins’ Review: Chrome-Age Technology," 16 Nov. 2018 Two years ago, the idea of cooperating with Trump on his notional desire for a massive infrastructure bill was the leading alternative concept to resistance. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The lesson of the midterms: resistance works," 7 Nov. 2018 Today, the notional value of weather futures and options traded on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange is approximately $362 million, according to a CME spokesman. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "How Do Energy Companies Measure the Temperature? Not in Fahrenheit or Celsius," 14 Sep. 2018 Today, because the UK and the Republic of Ireland are both members of the EU, the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland is purely notional. Peter Ford, The Christian Science Monitor, "As clock ticks down, Britain finally reveals its plan for Brexit. What now?," 11 July 2018 Investors traded a record number of futures contracts tied to the dollar against the offshore yuan on Hong Kong’s exchange on Tuesday, representing a notional value of $2.2 billion, according to Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Ltd. Saumya Vaishampayan, WSJ, "China’s Yuan Reverses Course, Rises Against Dollar," 4 July 2018 Altogether, the orders in question represented more than five billion shares with a notional value of more than $141 billion, according to the SEC. Maria Armental, WSJ, "Bank of America to Pay $42 Million to Settle SEC Electronic-Trading Charges," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of notional

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of notional

: existing as an idea rather than as something real

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