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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or process of connoting.
  • n. An idea or meaning suggested by or associated with a word or thing: Hollywood holds connotations of romance and glittering success.
  • n. The set of associations implied by a word in addition to its literal meaning.
  • n. Logic The set of attributes constituting the meaning of a term; intension.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A meaning of a word or phrase that is suggested or implied, as opposed to a denotation, or literal meaning. A characteristic of words or phrases, or of the contexts that words and phrases are used in.
  • n. A technical term in logic used by J. S. Mill and later logicians to refer to the attribute or aggregate of attributes connoted by a term, and contrasted with denotation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of connoting; a making known or designating something additional; implication of something more than is asserted.
  • n. a meaning implied but not explicitly denoted by some word or expression, which may be understood in addition to the explicit primary meaning.
  • n. the full set of necessary properties possessed by all the objects within the extension of a term; the intensional meaning of a term, which determines the objects to which the term applies; the intension of a term.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Secondary denotation; reference to something besides the object named.
  • n. That which constitutes the meaning of a word; the aggregation of attributes expressed by a word; that which a word means or implies: distinguished from denotation. See extract, and connote, v.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an idea that is implied or suggested
  • n. what you must know in order to determine the reference of an expression

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