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 : conceptualb (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
notionalityplay \ˌnō-shə-ˈna-lə-tē\ noun
notionallyplay \ˈnō-shnə-lē, -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 of notional from the Web
The single button does one thing* – returns you to the home screen, providing a notional reset for the user.
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Definition of notional for English Language Learners
: existing as an idea rather than as something real
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