Example sentences for: denotative

How can you use “denotative” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • The terms used here are not immediately transparent: if by communicative intention is meant `denotative purpose, the information the speaker wishes to convey,' unless one views communication in the broadest way, it would seem to me that the definition confuses denotation with connotation; that is to say, whether an expression is euphemistic, neutral, or taboo is a matter of connotation, and the fact that a speaker avoids shit for defecate, move one's bowels , etc., is purely a connotative matter: denotatively (communicatively?)

  • My own choice for a label is Taboo , which is incisively denotative.

  • I cannot crawl into the minds of the youngest generation of psychologists to learn whether exceptional still carries what I must regard, personally, to be the unconscionable semantic distortion, both denotative and connotative, introduced a generation ago using “etymological” grounds for justification.

  • It works much of the time, particularly for highly denotative ostensive objects; but it creates ludicrous results when applied to simple things.

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