Definition of pronominal in English:



  • Relating to or serving as a pronoun.

    ‘a pronominal form’
    • ‘The numeral plus classifier can be used in a pronominal sense.’
    • ‘In the latter, the old three-way pronominal system followed its own course of development.’
    • ‘Attachment ambiguities and pronominal reference ambiguities are just everywhere.’
    • ‘As in the pronominal anaphora case, descriptive material does the work that reference does in most other accounts of the semantics of temporal and modal discourse.’
    • ‘Some of his corrections really did have to do with grammar or syntax, such as his insistence on maintaining consistent parallel structure and pronominal reference.’
    • ‘Furthermore, demonstrative nominal and demonstrative pronominal anaphors appeared to function quite differently in expressing differences in transition stages of discourse referents.’
    • ‘This turns out to be unexplained under the pronominal anaphor account: if a long-distance reflexive were a pronominal anaphor, it would be expected to be bound in the matrix sentence.’
    • ‘First, there is the problem of pronominal referents.’


Mid 17th century: from late Latin pronominalis belonging to a pronoun, from Latin pronomen (see pronoun).