Definition of notional in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnəʊʃ(ə)n(ə)l/


1Existing as or based on a suggestion, estimate, or theory; not existing in reality: notional budgets for hospital and community health services
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  • All Italian property owners are liable to pay income tax based on the notional letting value of the property.
  • Hence, one creates these surchargeable contributions, which are a notional figure, based on what it would have been.
  • In a formal sense, of course, the theory refers to some notional riskless rate.
2 Linguistics Denoting or relating to an approach to grammar which is dependent on the definition of terminology (e.g. ‘a verb is a doing word’) as opposed to identification of structures and processes.
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  • The notional definition of a noun does not cover such words as action, existence, happiness, temperature that belong to the noun form class on formal criteria.



Pronunciation: /ˈnəʊʃ(ə)n(ə)li/
Example sentences
  • Some Labor figures dismiss this poll, questioning its methodology, and especially doubting if the preferences would fall the way Newspoll has notionally distributed them.
  • To the modern eye, it looks like a fairy-tale notionally transferred to a modern setting, based on a simple narrative system of dualities: good and bad, country and city, sweet blonde wife and wicked brunette mistress.
  • This haunting work, though notionally concerned with attempts at intrusive human settlement on Mars, is pervaded by a sense of solitude and loss, particularly with regard to the fragile and doomed Martians.


Late Middle English (in the Latin sense): from obsolete French, or from medieval Latin notionalis 'relating to an idea', from notio(n-) 'idea' (see notion).

Words that rhyme with notional

devotional, emotional, promotional

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