ref·​er·​en·​tial | \ ˌre-fə-ˈren(t)-shəl How to pronounce referential (audio) \

Definition of referential

: of, containing, or constituting a reference especially : pointing to or involving a referent referential language referential meaning

Other Words from referential

referentiality \ ˌre-​fə-​ˌren(t)-​shē-​ˈa-​lə-​tē How to pronounce referential (audio) \ noun
referentially \ ˌre-​fə-​ˈren(t)-​sh(ə-​)lē How to pronounce referential (audio) \ adverb

Examples of referential in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This self-referential quality may be a more existential threat to DeFi than liquidity crises. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, 29 June 2022 Irma Vep takes that self-referential element to a mind-boggling degree. Erica Gonzales, ELLE, 22 June 2022 It was packed with witty and self-referential dialogue not normally encountered on a teen soap. Emily Yahr, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 Yet what these two aging but vital figures keep telling us, with the spiky affection of their cross-referential camaraderie, is what publishing can be: a holy quest to create something that binds readers the way religion does. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 17 June 2022 From subjects who reappear in intimate street photos over many years, to bold stylistic accents, fans will delight in Klein’s self-referential indulgences. Natasha Gural, Forbes, 1 June 2022 As funny as Scream is (and all of its sequels and spinoffs), what holds it together is the fact that despite the presence of all the humor and self-referential metatext, these movies are still damn scary. Keith Nelson, Men's Health, 30 May 2022 The self-referential writing doesn't take itself too seriously, and the game delivered a few laugh-out-loud moments, even in a 30-minute demo. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 29 Apr. 2022 Because the play is so self-referential, Jackson had to figure out his own life before knowing how Usher fares, and therefore how the musical ends. New York Times, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of referential

1660, in the meaning defined above

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“Referential.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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