Denotation and Connotation

Discipline: Philosophy

Discipline: (1843)

Distinction drawn by the English philosopher John Stuart Mill (1806-1873).

A word denotes the class of entities to which it may be used to refer; it connotes the qualities usually associated with those entities.

See also: the non-equivalent distinction sense and reference

J Lyons, Semantics (Cambridge, 1977) ch. 7


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