• (British) IPA: /ˈnəʊʃənəl/


  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
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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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