Definition of notional in English:
1Existing only in theory or as a suggestion or idea: notional budgets for hospital and community health services
More example sentences
- 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 that is dependent on the definition of terminology (e.g., “a verb is an action word”) as opposed to identification of structures and processes.
- 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.
- 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.