Ap*pel"la*tive (#), a. [L. appellativus, fr. appellare: cf. F. appelatif. See Appeal.]


Pertaining to a common name; serving as a distinctive denomination; denominative; naming.


2. gram.

Common, as opposed to proper; denominative of a class.


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Ap*pel"la*tive, n. [L. appelativum, sc. nomen.]


A common name, distinction from a proper name. A common name, or appellative, stands for a whole class, genus, or species of beings, or for universal ideas. Thus, tree is the name of all plants of a particular class; plant and vegetable are names of things that grow out of the earth. A proper name, on the other hand, stands for a single thing; as, Rome, Washington, Lake Erie.


An appellation or title; a descriptive name.

God chosen it for one of his appellatives to be the Defender of them. Jer. Taylor.


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