Definition of connotative in English:


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‘Provocations include not only the lack of grammar, but highly disjunctive and often obscure use of line breaks which abandon denotative and connotative functions of words in favour of half swallowed or choked sounds.’
  • ‘Stories are never just arguments; they work most effectively by being neither didactic nor definitive: they attract and hold our attention because they are connotative not denotative.’
  • ‘A focus on language, connotative and denotative meaning, is especially important in the cultural adaptation process.’
  • ‘His lectures were rhetorical, emotive and connotative.’
  • ‘‘Think of all the sexually connotative songs you know,’ said a pal.’



/ˈkänəˌtādiv/ /ˈkɑnəˌteɪdɪv/