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meaning

noun acceptation, connotation, content, definition, denotation, drift, explanation, idea, import, purport, semantics, semasiology, sense, significance, significatio, signification, substance, tenor, text, vis
Associated concepts: plain meaning, secondary meaning
Foreign phrases: Primo excutienda est verbi vis, ne sermoois vitio obstruatur oratio, sive lex sine argumentis.The force of a word should be ascertained in the beginning, lest the sentence be destroyed by the fault of expression, or the law be without reason. Sensus verborum est anima legis. The meaning of words is the spirit of the law. In testamennis ratio tacita non debet considerari, sed verba solum spectari debent; adeo per divinationem mentis a verbis recedere durum est. In wills an unexpressed intention ought not to be considered, but the words alone ought to be regarded; for it is difficult to recede from the words by guessing at their intention.
See also: connotation, consequence, construction, contents, context, definition, design, essence, explanation, gist, import, intent, main point, paraphrase, purview, significance, signification, spirit, substance, sum, tenor
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And with Tiger Woods's scalp already hanging from his belt after winning the Tournament of Champions in Shanghai in November, Howell now doesn't know the meaning of the word fear.
He is very bright and a very tough negotiator, but he doesn't know the meaning of the word compromise.
He doesn't know the meaning of the word and should make a donation as a gesture.
She has a a great sense of herself, where she wants to go, who she wants to be and doesn't know the meaning of the word stress.
Anyone who describes Julian Clary as a `genius' obviously doesn't know the meaning of the word.
The little sod doesn't know the meaning of the word.

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