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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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Madame de S- -- looked meaningly into Peter Ivanovitch's spectacles, as if to convey her conviction of this young man's merit.
Many have questioned just why a superfit 19-yearold would not be in the right physical condition to meaningly contribute for the full 90 minutes in such a fixture but it's not just grizzled veterans with dodgy knees who have to be handled carefully by coaches.
However, hemoglobin and hematoctrit levels have increased meaningly according to sedantery group.
He looked meaningly at it and mother gave a sigh and poured him another.