sig·​nif·​i·​ca·​to·​ry | \-kəˌtōrē\

Definition of significatory 

: significative names of deities are often significatory of their special powers

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First Known Use of significatory

1579, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for significatory

Late Latin significatorius, from Latin significatus + -orius -ory

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