- This word has distinct meanings in other fields: see connotation (semiotics) and connotation and denotation. This word has distinct meanings in logic philosophy and common usage Denotation is the literal meaning of a word or phrase whereas connotation is the suggestive meaning of a word or phrase For the opposite of Connotation see Denotation. This word has distinct meanings in other fields see Denotation (semiotics and Connotation and denotation.
Connotation is a subjective cultural and/or emotional coloration in addition to the explicit or denotative meaning of any specific word or phrase in a language, i. Subjectivity refers to a subject's perspective particularly feelings beliefs and desires Culture (from the Latin cultura stemming from colere, meaning "to cultivate" generally refers to patterns of human activity and the symbolic This word has distinct meanings in other fields see Denotation (semiotics and Connotation and denotation. A language is a dynamic set of visual auditory or tactile Symbols of Communication and the elements used to manipulate them e. emotional association with a word.
Within contemporary society, connotation branches into a mixture of different meanings. These could include the contrast of a word or phrase with its primary, literal meaning (known as a denotation), with what that word or phrase specifically denotes. This word has distinct meanings in other fields see Denotation (semiotics and Connotation and denotation. The connotation essentially relates to how anything may be associated with a word or phrase, for example, an implied value judgment or feelings.
- A stubborn person may be described as being either strong-willed or pig-headed. Although these have the same literal meaning (i. e. stubborn), strong-willed connotes admiration for the level of someone's will, while pig-headed connotes frustration in dealing with someone. Likewise, used car and previously owned car have the same literal meaning, but many dealerships prefer the latter, since it is thought to have fewer negative connotations.
- It is often useful to avoid words with strong connotations (especially disparaging ones) when striving to achieve a neutral point of view. Words and phrases are pejorative if they imply disapproval or contempt Objectivity is both an important and very difficult concept to pin down in philosophy A desire for more positive connotations, or fewer negative ones, is one of the main reasons for using euphemisms. A euphemism is a substitution of an agreeable or less offensive expression in place of one that may offend or suggest something unpleasant to the listener or in the case of doublespeak 
In logic and in some branches of semantics, connotation is more or less synonymous with intension. Logic is the study of the principles of valid demonstration and Inference. Semantics is the study of meaning in communication The word derives from Greek σημαντικός ( semantikos) "significant" from Not to be confused with the homophone Intention; or the related concept of Intentionality. Connotation is often contrasted with denotation, which is more or less synonymous with extension. This word has distinct meanings in other fields see Denotation (semiotics and Connotation and denotation. In any of several studies that treat the use of signs for example in Linguistics, Logic, Mathematics, Semantics, and Semiotics, the Alternatively, the connotation of the word may be thought of as the set of all its possible referents (as opposed to merely the actual ones). A word's denotation is the collection of things it refers to; its connotation is what it implied about the things it is used to refer to. The denotation of dog is (something like) four-legged canine carnivore. So saying "you are a dog" would imply that you were ugly or aggressive rather than stating that you were canine.
- ^ Note that not all theories of linguistic meaning honor the distinction between literal meaning and (this kind of) connotation. (See Literal and figurative language. )
External links In Logic, the comprehension of an object is the totality of Intensions that is attributes characters marks properties or qualities that the object possesses This word has distinct meanings in other fields see Denotation (semiotics and Connotation and denotation. In any of several studies that treat the use of signs for example in Linguistics, Logic, Mathematics, Semantics, and Semiotics, the An extensional definition of a concept or term formulates its meaning by specifying its extension, that is every object that falls under the Definition Not to be confused with the homophone Intention; or the related concept of Intentionality. In Logic and Mathematics, an intensional definition gives the meaning of a term by specifying all the properties required to come to that Definition Metacommunicative competence is the ability to intervene (in a guiding or constructively controlling way within difficult Conversations and to correct communication Problems Subtext is content of a book play musical work film video game or television series which is not announced explicitly by the characters (or author but is implicit or becomes © 2009 citizendia.org; parts available under the terms of GNU Free Documentation License, from http://en.wikipedia.org
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