As nouns the difference between referral and referent
is that referral
is the act or process of transferring someone or something to another, of sending by reference, or referring while referent
is referee (person who gives a reference).
The act or process of transferring someone or something to another, of sending by reference, or referring.
(slang) A document used by schools detailing some form of a student's misbehavior and listing the actions taken before and after the student's receipt of the referral.
- The insurance company insists I get a referral from my regular doctor, I can't just go to the specialist, a GP has got to refer me.
- After misbehaving in class, George was given a referral for disrupting class and sent to the office.
(semantics) The specific entity in the world that a word or phrase identifies or denotes.
That which is referenced.
* absent referent