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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

1. Imaginary; ideal; existing in idea only; visionary; fantastical.
Notional good, by fancy only made. A notional and imaginary thing.
2. Dealing in imaginary things; whimsical; fanciful; as a notional man.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: not based on fact; unreal; "the falsehood about some fanciful secret treaties"- F.D.Roosevelt; "a small child's imaginary friends"; "to create a notional world for oneself" [syn: fanciful, imaginary, notional]
2: not based on fact or investigation; "a notional figure of cost helps in determining production costs"; "speculative knowledge" [syn: notional, speculative]
3: indulging in or influenced by fancy; "a fanciful mind"; "all the notional vagaries of childhood" [syn: fanciful, notional]
4: being of the nature of a notion or concept; "a plan abstract and conceptional"; "to improve notional comprehension"; "a notional response to the question" [syn: conceptional, ideational, notional]

Merriam Webster's

adjective Date: 1597 1. theoretical, speculative 2. existing in the mind only ; imaginary 3. given to foolish or fanciful moods or ideas 4. a. of, relating to, or being a notion or idea ; conceptual b. (1) presenting an idea of a thing, action, or quality <has is notional in he has luck, relational in he has gone> (2) of or representing what exists or occurs in the world of things as distinguished from syntactic categories notionality noun notionally adverb

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. 1 a hypothetical, imaginary. b (of knowledge etc.) speculative; not based on experiment etc. 2 Gram. (of a verb) conveying its own meaning, not auxiliary. Derivatives: notionally adv. Etymology: obs. F notional or med.L notionalis (as NOTION)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Notional No"tion*al, a. 1. Consisting of, or conveying, notions or ideas; expressing abstract conceptions. 2. Existing in idea only; visionary; whimsical. Discourses of speculative and notional things. --Evelyn. 3. Given to foolish or visionary expectations; whimsical; fanciful; as, a notional man.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

Something that is notional exists only in theory or as a suggestion or idea, but not in reality. (FORMAL) ...the notional value of state assets. = theoretical ADJ notionally ...those who notionally supported the republic but did nothing in terms of action... That meant that he, notionally at least, outranked them all. = theoretically ADV: ADV with cl/group, ADV with v

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. 1. Ideal, abstract. 2. Imaginary, fantastical, visionary, ideal, chimerical. 3. Whimsical, capricious, fanciful, crotchety, freakish.

Moby Thesaurus

Gothic, abstract, academic, arbitrary, armchair, baroque, bizarre, brain-born, capricious, conceptive, conceptual, conjectural, cranky, creative, crotchety, dream-built, esemplastic, extravagant, fancied, fanciful, fancy-born, fancy-built, fancy-woven, fantasied, fantasque, fantastic, fecund, fertile, fictive, flaky, florid, freakish, germinal, grotesque, harebrained, humorsome, hypothetic, ideal, ideational, ideative, ideological, illusory, imaginary, imaginational, imaginative, imagined, impractical, ingenious, inspired, inventive, kinky, maggoty, moody, moot, motiveless, nonexistent, original, originative, outlandish, petulant, postulatory, pregnant, preposterous, productive, prolific, quirky, rococo, seminal, shadowy, shaping, speculative, supposititious, teeming, temperamental, theoretical, unactual, unreal, unreasonable, unrestrained, vagarious, vagrant, visional, visioned, wanton, wayward, whimsical, wild

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