Referral vs Referent - What's the difference?

referral | referent |


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).

referral

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • The act or process of transferring someone or something to another, of sending by reference, or referring.
  • 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.
  • (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.
  • After misbehaving in class, George was given a referral for disrupting class and sent to the office.

    referent

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (semantics) The specific entity in the world that a word or phrase identifies or denotes.
  • That which is referenced.
  • Derived terms

    * absent referent

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