What Does Connotative Mean?


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Rory Copus Profile
Rory Copus answered
As shown by (, connotative is an adjective used in relation to the word connotation, which is the associated noun.

Oxford dictionary ( defines the word 'connotation' as:
'an idea or feeling which a word invokes for a person in addition to its literal or primary meaning'.  

There is no need to struggle with the meanings of words in the world today; there are so many different methods of finding out this information as you are never too far away from the nearest computer or book. To find the meaning of a word, even something as simple as Microsoft Word can help; most computer systems have some kind of standard dictionary and thesaurus, which can help to solve mysteries of word meanings.

The internet is also a brilliant tool for learning new words and finding out exactly what words mean. There are hundreds of online dictionaries (including the one I gave a link for above); these allow you to enter any word and they will bring up the meaning, how it is pronounced and some will even let you listen to how it is spoken. Most dictionaries will give examples of how the word is used in every day sentences, this is often the most valuable method used to help understand words. You can even Google 'uses of the word connotative' and this will bring up more examples of the word in use.

The easiest understandable meaning of connotative and connotation is the associated feelings and meaning of words.
Nisha Fernandes Profile
Nisha Fernandes answered
Connotative means adding to the meaning of something. In literary terms it may mean the implicated meaning of a word. It may alternatively be defined as suggesting something in addition to the obvious meaning of something.

Connotative is the adjective form of connotation. A connotation is a word's figurative intrinsic sense including its shades of meaning and overtones. Connotation may also denote an idea that is associated or suggested by a phrase or word. For example the connotative meaning of the word shrewd is rather negative because it implies someone who is able to benefit at others expense or a rose may imply romance. Another example could be the connotative effect of the word slaughter which is always associated with bloodshed and has an infinitely stronger connotation than kill or destroy.
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Ellie Hoe answered
Connotations are words with emotional meanings. These words are used as for different implications that can be given in sentence. As for example:

The French are noted for their fine food.
On the other hand it can be written as

The French are notorious for their fine food.
It is being observed that from the past few decades English language had gone over a drastic change through the use of connotations of words which are used to refer to group of people. So they can be used in a sentence as to give an entirely new meaning.

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