have reference to

See: pertain
References in classic literature ?
The terms 'two cubits long, "three cubits long,' and so on indicate quantity, the terms 'great' and 'small' indicate relation, for they have reference to an external standard.
But I am still not in a position to acquire any mediated reference from her (to her mother), since I do not have reference to her.
In accordance with the principle that an appropriate causal connection is necessary for r's being in a position to refer, we must require an appropriate causal connection between the source s and the subject r (beyond what it takes for the subject to have reference to the source).