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ap•pel•la•tive  (ə pelə tiv), 
  1. a descriptive name or designation, as Bald in Charles the Bald.
  2. Grammara common noun.

  • designative;
  • tending toward or serving for the assigning of names:the appellative function of some primitive rites.
  • Grammarpertaining to a common noun.
  • Etymology:
    • Late Latin appellātīvus. See appellate, -ive
    • Middle French)
    • late Middle English ( 1375–1425
    ap•pella•tive•ly, adv. 
    ap•pella•tive•ness, n. 

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    appellative /əˈpɛlətɪv/ n
    1. an identifying name or title; appellation
    2. another word for common noun
    1. of or relating to a name or title
    2. (of a proper noun) used as a common noun

    apˈpellatively adv

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