fanciful vs notional what difference

what is difference between fanciful and notional

English

Alternative forms

  • fancifull (obsolete)
  • phanciful (obsolete)
  • phancifull (obsolete)

Etymology

fancy +‎ -ful

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈfænsɪfəl/
  • Hyphenation: fan‧ci‧ful

Adjective

fanciful (comparative more fanciful, superlative most fanciful)

  1. Imaginative or fantastic.
  2. Unreal or imagined.

Derived terms

  • fancifully
  • fancifulness

Translations



English

Etymology

notion +‎ -al

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈnəʊʃənəl/
  • Rhymes: -əʊʃənəl

Adjective

notional (comparative more notional, superlative most notional)

  1. Of, containing, or being a notion; mental or imaginary.
  2. Speculative, theoretical, not the result of research.
    This paper proposes a notional Federated Identity Management (FIM) architecture.
  3. (linguistics) Having descriptive value as opposed to a syntactic category.
  4. (finance) Used to indicate an estimate or a reference amount
  5. (informal) Full of ideas or imaginings.
    • 1995, Walter D. Edmonds, In the Hands of the Senecas (page 137)
      She knew what Pete would say if she told him about it — he would say she was getting notional; and she did not want Pete to think of her as a notional woman. Notional women sometimes had a hard time marrying unless they had money.

Derived terms

  • notionality
  • notionally

Translations

Noun

notional (plural notionals)

  1. A fake company used as a front in espionage.
    • 2012, Joseph C. Goulden, Peter Earnest, The Dictionary of Espionage: Spyspeak Into English (page 157)
      Numerous CIA notionals, created to counter Communist organizations in Western Europe during the Cold War years, remain active and unrevealed.

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