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Meaning of notional

no•tion•al

Pronunciation: (nō'shu-nl), [key]
— adj.
  1. pertaining to or expressing a notion or idea.
  2. of the nature of a notion or idea: a notional response to the question.
  3. abstract, theoretical, or speculative, as reflective thought.
  4. not real or actual; ideal or imaginary: to create a notional world for oneself.
  5. given to or full of foolish or fanciful ideas or moods.
    1. relating to the meaning expressed by a linguistic form.
    2. having full lexical meaning, in contrast to relational.
  6. belonging to a class of words that express clear concepts rather than relations between concepts; presentive. Cf.(def. 3),(def. 4).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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