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 for designation
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Designation \Des`ig*na"tion\, n. [L. designatio: cf. F.
     d['e]signation.]
     1. The act of designating; a pointing out or showing;
        indication.
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     2. Selection and appointment for a purpose; allotment;
        direction.
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     3. That which designates; a distinguishing mark or name;
        distinctive title; appellation.
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              The usual designation of the days of the week.
                                                    --Whewell.
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     4. Use or application; import; intention; signification, as
        of a word or phrase.
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              Finite and infinite seem . . . to be attributed
              primarily, in their first designation, only to those
              things which have parts.              --Locke.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  designation
      n 1: identifying word or words by which someone or something is
           called and classified or distinguished from others [syn:
           appellation, denomination, designation,
           appellative]
      2: the act of putting a person into a non-elective position;
         "the appointment had to be approved by the whole committee"
         [syn: appointment, assignment, designation, naming]
      3: the act of designating or identifying something [syn:
         designation, identification]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  121 Moby Thesaurus words for "designation":
     allocation, appellation, appellative, appointment, assignment,
     attribution, baptism, binomen, binomial name, blood, brand, breed,
     byword, calling, cast, character, characterization, christening,
     clan, classification, cognomen, color, cryptonym, definition,
     denomination, denotation, description, determination,
     differentiation, disclosure, empty title, epithet, eponym, euonym,
     expression, feather, fingering, fixing, form, genre, genus, grain,
     handle, hint, honorific, hyponym, identification, ilk, indication,
     indicativeness, kidney, kin, kind, label, line, lot, make,
     manifestation, manner, mark, meaning, mold, moniker, name,
     namesake, naming, nature, nicknaming, nomen, nomen nudum,
     nomination, number, ordainment, ordination, persuasion, phylum,
     picking out, pigeonhole, pigeonholing, pinning down, pointing,
     pointing out, pointing to, posting, precision, proper name,
     proper noun, proposal, race, recognition, scientific name,
     secret name, selection, shape, show, showing, signification, sort,
     species, specification, stamp, stipulation, strain, stripe, style,
     styling, suggestion, symptomaticness, tabbing, tag, tautonym,
     terming, the like of, the likes of, title, transferral, tribe,
     trinomen, trinomial name, type, variety
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  DESIGNATION, wills. The expression used by a testator, instead of the name 
  of the person or the thing he is desirous to name; for example, a legacy to. 
  the eldest son of such a person, would be a designation of the legatee. Vide 
  1 Rop. Leg. ch. 2. 
       2. A bequest of the farm which the testator bought of such a person; or 
  of the picture he owns, painted by such an artist, would be a designation of 
  the thing devised or bequeathed. 
  
  

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