Definition of referential in English:


Line breaks: ref¦er¦en|tial
Pronunciation: /ˌrɛfəˈrɛnʃ(ə)l


1Containing or of the nature of references or allusions.
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  • As both message and context, nature can manifest the referential function.
  • Shades of Mahler and Shostakovich flit through the texture in which dissonances set against a tonally referential idiom and allusions to earlier styles are set within absolute musical structures.
  • The map is a referential structure; inside a coordinate system all can be referenced laying the gridwork for reality.
2 Linguistics Relating to a referent, in particular having the external world rather than a text or language as a referent.
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  • K. Anthony Appiah argues that racial ascriptions are problematic whether one adopts an ideational or a referential theory of language.
  • In language, the words we deal with do have referential meaning which extends beyond this closed logical system.
  • Now, everyone seems to agree about where the basic referential morphemes here come from.



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  • She believed, and nourished the belief, that genuine, up-from-the-bottom revolution must include art, laughter, sensual pleasure, and the widest possible human referentiality.
  • The point of deconstruction was that language, by its nature, escapes pure referentiality; it was never that the things language tries to refer to do not exist.
  • The more particular criticism seems to be that the referentiality is something that panders to the intelligence of the audience, that falsely congratulates them on being so well-informed.


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  • Certainly, an introductory survey needs to account for these texts, summarise their content and aims, and use them referentially as an argument progresses.
  • Logophoric pronouns are semantically stronger than regular pronouns in that syntactically, they usually require to be bound in a local domain, and semantically, they are canonically referentially dependent.
  • On the other hand the reference value might be referentially atomic, meaning that it has no particular internal structural relation to any other reference values; maybe it is used as an index in an association list.

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