no·​tion·​al ˈnō-sh(ə-)nəl How to pronounce notional (audio)
: existing in the mind only : imaginary
: given to foolish or fanciful moods or ideas
: of, relating to, or being a notion or idea : conceptual
: presenting an idea of a thing, action, or quality
has is notional in he has luck, relational in he has gone
: of or representing what exists or occurs in the world of things as distinguished from syntactic categories
notionality noun
notionally 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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Word History

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of notional was in 1597

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“Notional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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