Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Relating to or having reference; relating to or containing a reference or references.
- adj. Of a word or phrase applied to a particular person, place, or thing and not to any other.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Containing a reference; pointing to something out of itself.
- adj. referring or pointing to something
- referent + -ial or from reference (Wiktionary)
“The melodramatic and bloodless death of FFVII's flower girl has been lambasted for a decade in forums, webcomics, and in every arena where being cynically self-referential is cool.”
“The less obvious errors of grammatical and syntactical misuse remain, as do errors in referential pronouns, among others.”
“Much of science is referential, that is how a body of knowledge is built that leads to theories in science.”
“Bear with me for a moment for technical details on a relational database management system (RDBMS) like Oracle, which Colorado is using for its voter registration database, and how the problems outlined in Kolwicz's letter are prevented by what is known as referential integrity (RI).”
“The first can be called referential because the ad relies on a referent from the larger social world, something that is used to lend its meaning to the product.”
“Disinterestedness (here rendered as a "specificity of aesthetic discourse" that slides away from a "purity of aesthetic experience") is always a detour on the way to what I have termed here sociological reduction, but which one may more generally term the referential horizon of the human. 5”
“There is plenty of whimsy, but it never gets cute, precious, or self-referential, which is quite an achievement.”
“A little thing called referential transparency, for one.”
“Without that kind of referential knowledge and a lot more already in place, even the Antikythera Mechanism would appear as just another natural oddity to avoid stubbing your toe against while tracking that mammoth.”
“It must have something that distinguishes a scientific treatise from a tune ” in fact it must be that the same thing, which I am calling the referential dimension, that serves to distinguish poetry from a tune (it has to have sound and sense, as we say).”
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