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con•no•ta•tion /ˌkɑnəˈteɪʃən/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Linguisticsa secondary meaning of a word or expression that comes to mind or is suggested in addition to its primary meaning: The word home often has the connotation "a place of warmth and affection.''Compare denotation.
con•no•ta•tive /ˈkɑnəˌteɪtɪv, kəˈnoʊtə-/USA pronunciation   con•no•tive /kəˈnoʊtɪv/USA pronunciation  adj. See -nota-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
con•no•ta•tion  (kon′ə tāshən),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. an act or instance of connoting.
  2. Linguisticsthe associated or secondary meaning of a word or expression in addition to its explicit or primary meaning:A possible connotation of "home'' is "a place of warmth, comfort, and affection.''Cf. denotation (def. 1).
  3. Philosophy[Logic.]the set of attributes constituting the meaning of a term and thus determining the range of objects to which that term may be applied; comprehension;
con•no•ta•tive  (konə tā′tiv, kə nōtə-),USA pronunciation  con•notive, adj.  conno•ta′tive•ly, con•notive•ly, adv. 
  • Medieval Latin connotātiōn- (stem of connotātiō), equivalent. to connotāt(us) (past participle of connotāre to connote; see -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
  • 1375–1425 for earlier sense; 1525–35 for current senses; late Middle English connotacion
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged undertone, implication, import.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

connotation /ˌkɒnəˈteɪʃən/ n
  1. an association or idea suggested by a word or phrase; implication
  2. the act or fact of connoting
  3. another name for intension

connotative /ˈkɒnəˌteɪtɪv kəˈnəʊtə-/, conˈnotive adj

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