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

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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 But Politico and Axios, started by two other Politico co-founders in 2016, never quite became symbolic figures in Mr. Trump’s character universe, and generally steered away from trying to insert themselves into the self-referential theater. New York Times, "They Seem to Think the Next Four Years Will Be Normal," 3 Jan. 2021 The forward-thinking Los Angeles musician Georgia Anne Muldrow makes some of her most referential music as Jyoti—a name given to her by family friend Alice Coltrane—but that music can also be deeply personal. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, "My Thirty Favorite Albums of 2020," 8 Dec. 2020 Animaniacs was always a deliberately self-aware show that existed to break the fourth wall and frolic in a meta-referential field. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "The Animaniacs reboot, reviewed: Zany is harder to pull off in 2020," 23 Nov. 2020 Their music is chaotic and referential, constantly bouncing between nightcore, dubstep, death metal, ska, and emo, all while being catchy as hell. Ben Montoya, Wired, "The Glitched-Out Sound and Spontaneous Rise of 100 Gecs," 23 Nov. 2020 Weather the dull start to get to a flurry of cool visuals and referential Easter eggs that put a modern, diverse touch on a couple of classics. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "What to stream this weekend: Netflix's holiday 'Jingle Jangle,' 'The Life Ahead' with Sophia Loren," 12 Nov. 2020 The film's title was originally Scary Movie, in keeping with its referential and satirical spirit, but producers made Craven change it to Scream. Tyler Aquilina,, "10 behind-the-scenes secrets about Scream," 31 Oct. 2020 Demographic information will still be needed to round out the verification process, and a patient’s demographic information must be verified using referential matching. Mark Larow, STAT, "Cell phone numbers could provide a fast-track solution to matching patients with their health records," 20 Oct. 2020 The referential nature of the collection is a testament to Hamad’s commitment to community. Washington Post, "Ruby Hamad’s essay about White women’s tears went viral. ‘White Tears/Brown Scars’ delves deeper into performative victimhood.," 16 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of referential

1660, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jan 2021

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“Referential.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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