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English adjective: appellative

1. appellative pertaining to or dealing with or used as a common noun

2. appellative inclined to or serving for the giving of names

SamplesThe appellative faculty of children.
The appellative function of some primitive rites.


Similardenotative, denotive


English noun: appellative

1. appellative (communication) identifying word or words by which someone or something is called and classified or distinguished from others

Synonymsappellation, denomination, designation

Broader (hypernym)name

Narrower (hyponym)byname, cognomen, form of address, moniker, nickname, sobriquet, soubriquet, street name, title, title, title of respect

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