from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To suggest or imply in addition to literal meaning: "The term 'liberal arts' connotes a certain elevation above utilitarian concerns” ( George F. Will). See Usage Note at denote.
- transitive v. To have as a related or attendant condition: For a political leader, hesitation is apt to connote weakness.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To signify beyond its literal or principal meaning.
- v. To possess an inseparable related condition; to imply as a logical consequence.
- v. To express without overt reference; to imply.
- v. To require as a logical predicate to consequence.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To mark along with; to suggest or indicate as additional; to designate by implication; to include in the meaning; to imply.
- transitive v. To imply as an attribute.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same as connotate.
- To signify; mean; imply.
- [This meaning was introduced by J. S. Mill. A word connotes those attributes which its predication of a subject asserts that that subject possesses. But connote is now often loosely used in such a sense that any attribute known to be possessed by all the objects denoted by a term is said to be connoted by that term. Mill discountenances this use of the word.
- Synonyms Note, Denote, Connote, See the definitions of these words.
- To have a meaning or signification in connection with another word.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. involve as a necessary condition of consequence; as in logic
- v. express or state indirectly
Medieval Latin connotāre, to mark along with : Latin com-, com- + Latin notāre, to mark (from nota, mark; see gnō- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin connotō ("signify beyond literal meaning"), from com- ("together"), + notō ("mark"). (Wiktionary)