CONNOTATION.—Correlation of attribute and object, When applied to the Term, it
has the same meaning as Intension or Content, applied to the Concept itself.
Thus, a Connotative Term is one which, when applied to an object, is such as to
imply in its signification some attribute belonging to that object. " It
connotes, i.e., notes along with the object something considered as belonging to
it, as 'The founder of Rome.' The founding of Rome is, by that appellation,
attributed to the person to whom it is applied. A term which merely denotes an
object, without implying any attribute of that object, is called absolute or
non-connotative; as Romulus. The latter term, although it denotes the same
individual as the former, does not, like it, connote (imply in its
signification) any attribute of that individual" (Whately, Logic, bk.
II. ch. V.
So Mill—"A non-connotative term is one which signifies a subject only
or an attribute only. A connotative term is one which denotes a subject and
implies an attribute " (Logic, bk. I. ch. II. sec. 5). According to Mill, the
only non-connotative terms are proper names. Some, as Jevons, hold that
terms are connotative (see Lessons in Elementary Logic, lesson V.). Fowler holds
that "singular and collective terms are not connotative, except so far as they
suggest common terms" (Elements of Deductive Logic, p. 20).