Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To suggest or imply in addition to literal meaning.
  • transitive verb To have as a related or attendant condition.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To mark along with; to suggest or indicate as additional; to designate by implication; to include in the meaning; to imply.
  • transitive verb (Logic) To imply as an attribute.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To signify beyond its literal or principal meaning.
  • verb transitive To possess an inseparable related condition; to imply as a logical consequence.
  • verb intransitive To express without overt reference; to imply.
  • verb intransitive To require as a logical predicate to consequence.

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

  • verb involve as a necessary condition of consequence; as in logic
  • verb express or state indirectly

Etymologies

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

[Medieval Latin connotāre, to mark along with : Latin com-, com- + Latin notāre, to mark (from nota, mark; see gnō- in Indo-European roots).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Medieval Latin connotō ("signify beyond literal meaning"), from com- ("together"), + notō ("mark").

Examples

  • The roots of the word connote "the gathering of knowledge" and this sense some years ago in my European lunch companions led me into a very fruitless argument about e.g. whether Aristotle was a scientist.

    science: the ancient / modern distinction

  • The roots of the word connote "the gathering of knowledge" and this sense some years ago in my European lunch companions led me into a very fruitless argument about e.g. whether Aristotle was a scientist.

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • A few heroines who carry the name connote eroticism, shrewdness and the alien (sometimes associated with the stereotype of a Jew).

    Biblical Women in World and Hebrew Literature.

  • The arrangement of things into classes, such as the class _metal_, or the class _man_, is grounded indeed on a resemblance among the things which are placed in the same class, but not on a mere general resemblance: the resemblance it is grounded on consists in the possession by all those things, of certain common peculiarities; and those peculiarities it is which the terms connote, and which the propositions consequently assert; not the resemblance.

    A System Of Logic, Ratiocinative And Inductive

  • Even the terms connote sex: "rear naked choke hold," "top, bottom and mounted" positions.

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  • Organic labels connote the natural ingredients used to make the product were grown without pesticides, chemicals and other traditional methods now thought to be unhealthy.

    Cosmetics companies sued over 'organic' labels

  • Organic labels connote the natural ingredients used to make the product were grown without pesticides, chemicals and other traditional methods now thought to be unhealthy.

    Cosmetics companies sued over 'organic' labels

  • (This reminded me that he had constantly seen me in the country; a memory which I had retained, but kept out of sight, because, since I had seen Gilberte again, Swann had become to me pre-eminently her father, and no longer the Combray Swann; as the ideas which, nowadays, I made his name connote were different from the ideas in the system of which it was formerly comprised, which

    Swann's Way

  • We have seen that they denote a quality or qualities of something, and that is precisely what general terms connote: 'honesty' denotes a quality of some men; 'honest' connotes the same quality, whilst denoting the men who have it.

    Logic Deductive and Inductive

  • It is a better proposal to regard their denotation and connotation as coinciding; though open to the objection that 'connote' means 'to mark along with' something else, and this plan leaves nothing else.

    Logic Deductive and Inductive

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