ref·er·en·tial | \ˌre-fə-ˈren(t)-shəl \

Definition of referential 

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

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Other Words from referential

referentiality \ˌre-fə-ˌren(t)-shē-ˈa-lə-tē \ noun
referentially \ˌre-fə-ˈren(t)-sh(ə-)lē \ adverb

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In keeping with the referential theme, a subsequent share saw Baldwin in a crop top coupled with suspenders, making what seemed to be an intentional nod to Jovovich's Leeloo. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Hailey Baldwin Reveals a New Shocking Neon Hair Color on Instagram," 7 June 2018 The show really pushes its self-referential cred to the edge by conflating Arthur’s mission with the production’s own crusade to make it to Broadway. James Hebert,, "'Spamalot' induces more than canned laughter in Cygnet revival," 2 July 2018 While the Kenyon log cabin was built with function in mind, Richards expanded that when architects were tapped for Yale tombs, designs took on a more referential form, often echoing religious architecture. Robert Khederian, Curbed, "Tomb raiders: The clubhouses of Yale’s secret societies," 21 June 2018 But as the end of the 2010s approaches, reality TV has become an ouroboros, so self-referential and saturated that opportunities for advancement — or growth, or shock — have winnowed. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "On ‘Jersey Shore Family Vacation’ and ‘Trading Spaces,’ Reality TV Eats Itself," 4 Apr. 2018 But in the final half hour Mooney unhelpfully widens her focus, chasing numerous self-referential ideas down conceptual dead ends and indulging in scattershot anecdote assemblage rather than meaningful resolution of her tantalizing material. Justin Hayford, Chicago Reader, "A playwright’s attack on her own character amounts to Empty Threats," 21 June 2018 Rap is often a self-referential art form -- look no further than JAY-Z’s call-backs to his previous work on Everything Is Love. Eric Renner Brown, Billboard, "Beyonce's Got Bars: Her 5 Standout Rap Moments From 'Everything Is Love'," 17 June 2018 The sequel wildly ups the ante for meta, self-referential humor, with Deadpool tossing out playful (and often expletive-filled) quips about fellow Marvel superheroes including Wolverine, Black Widow and Black Panther. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "'Deadpool 2': Ryan Reynolds on wooing Celine Dion, poking fun at 'Frozen'," 16 May 2018 But while writers can play with self-referential in-jokes, the classic moments can't be topped. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Review: 'Arrested Development' finally feels like itself again in Season 5," 22 May 2018

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1660, in the meaning defined above

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