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What is the definition of denotation?

The definition of denotation is the definition a dictionary provides for a given word.

Denotation

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Last Updated on February 25, 2021, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 64

Denotation is the definition a word has in the dictionary. The way people respond to that word is not taken into account. Two words may have the same denotation, but their connotation could be different.

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  • Curious and inquisitive both mean eager to learn, but inquisitive is sometimes thought to connotatively imply a pushier method of learning information.

 

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