literality

[lit-uh-ral-i-tee]
noun, plural literalities.
1.
the quality or state of being literal; literalness.
2.
a literal interpretation.

Origin:
1640–50; literal + -ity

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literal (ˈlɪtərəl)
 
adj
1.  in exact accordance with or limited to the primary or explicit meaning of a word or text
2.  word for word
3.  dull, factual, or prosaic
4.  consisting of, concerning, or indicated by letters
5.  true; actual
6.  maths Compare numerical containing or using coefficients and constants represented by letters: ax² + b is a literal expression
 
n
7.  Also called: literal error a misprint or misspelling in a text
 
[C14: from Late Latin litterālis concerning letters, from Latin litteraletter]
 
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Examines through two experiments people's judgments about the literality of sentences containing figurative language.
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