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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Denotative'

Denotative Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    denotative adj
  1. having the power of explicitly denoting or designating or naming [syn: denotive] [ant: connotative]
  2. in accordance with fact or the primary meaning of a term [syn: explicit]
Denotative Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Denotative \De*not"a*tive\, a. Having power to denote; designating or marking off. Proper names are pre["e]minently denotative; telling us that such as object has such a term to denote it, but telling us nothing as to any single attribute. --Latham.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Denotative'

This word has distinct meanings in other fields: see denotation (semiotics). For the opposite of Denotation see Connotation.

In logic and formal semantics, denotation always attracts the extension meaning of the intension / extension pair, but the other element genuinely varies. See intension for some more discussion.

Denotation is often associated with symbolism, as the denotation of a particular media text often represents something further; a hidden meaning (or an Engima Code) is often encoded into a media text (such as the images below).

In order to understand the difference between denotation and connotation in the media studies and semiotics uses it may be helpful to consider the following examples:

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