REFERENT By N., Pam M.S. - April 28, 2013 Linguistic expression which refers to a person or thing in the physical world. Something referred to; object of reference. REFERENT: "When a reference is intended, the referent indicates what is being referred to." Related Psychology Terms BAD OBJECT EMOTIONAL EXPRESSION 1 SYNTAXIC MODE ANACLISIS INTERRATER RELIABILITY ATTRIBUTE 1 SCHEMATIC IMAGE ANATOMICAL AGE BELIEF SURROGATE Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "REFERENT," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 28, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/referent/ (accessed October 22, 2020).