- pertaining to or expressing a notion or idea.
- of the nature of a notion or idea: a notional response to the question.
- abstract, theoretical, or speculative, as reflective thought.
- not real or actual; ideal or imaginary: to create a notional world for oneself.
- given to or full of foolish or fanciful ideas or moods.
- relating to the meaning expressed by a linguistic form.
- having full lexical meaning, in contrast to relational.
- Semantics. belonging to a class of words that express clear concepts rather than relations between concepts; presentive.Compare relational(def 3), symbolic(def 4).
- relating to, expressing, or consisting of notions or ideas
- not evident in reality; hypothetical or imaginarya notional tax credit
- characteristic of a notion or concept, esp in being speculative or imaginary; abstract
- (of a word) having lexical meaning
- another word for semantic
adj.“pertaining to notions,” 1590s, from notion + -al (earlier nocional, late 14c., from Medieval Latin notionalis). Meaning “full of whims” is from 1791. Grammatical sense is from 1928 (Jespersen); economics use is from 1958.