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  • n. Plural form of referent.


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  • According to Mill, while proper names denote their referents, which is to say that their meanings are nothing but those referents, natural kind terms, along with general terms more broadly, connote their referents or extensions.

    Natural Kinds

  • It is important to recognize that, in calling the referents of the defined terms “quantities,” Newton is assigning them to the ontological category of quantity in Aristotle's sense.

    Newton's Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica

  • The reference relation between natural kind (magnitude, etc.) terms and their referents is a purely causal matter, where the purity in question is a matter of the reference relation's being definable without significantly acknowledging descriptive elements or human intentions.

    Scientific Realism

  • Geoff DobsonLondon• Blatter: n ignorant and arrogant; v (to be) ignorant and arrogantHoward BurrellStevenage, Hertfordshire • Your critic Brian Logan (At Last, The 1981 Show, Review, 31 May) reared, as he states, on The Young Ones and Saturday Live, needs to widen his cultural referents.

    Letters: A game of two halves

  • I detect no interest in matching words with their referents -- that is, semantics.

    Robin Lakoff: The Semantics Of "Submission"

  • This is the first step toward obliterating discriminatory homosocial/homosexual referents.

    G. Roger Denson: Women's Art of Renewal: Carrie Mae Weems, Vanessa Beecroft, Sharon Lockhart, Catherine Opie and Lisa Yuskavage

  • It looked like she had also anticipated the difficulty of learning a language without referents.

    Mandala « A Fly in Amber

  • In the previous post on articles – A is for articles (1) – I focused mainly on the indefinite article and attempted to correct the common misconception that the referents of a/an are both indefinite and non-specific.

    A is for Articles (2) « An A-Z of ELT

  • Reinventing the news images as luscious paintings rich in art historical referents, Garnett's work, which she calls "apocalyptic sublime," might come off as glib and exploitative to some.

    Sharon L. Butler: Blast Radius

  • And I agree with much of their ideas and goals, one of which was, as Wikipedia puts it, to create a “Gender-neutral language …. .aimed at minimizing assumptions regarding the biological sex of human referents” (also referred to as gender-inclusive language).

    Singular “they” and the many reasons why it’s correct « Motivated Grammar


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