serving as a symbol
of something (often followed by of
of, pertaining to, or expressed by a symbol
characterized by or involving the use of symbols
: a highly symbolic poem.
(in semantics, especially formerly) pertaining to a class of words that express only relations. Compare notional ( def 7 )
expressed in characters, usually nonnumeric, that require translation before they can be used (opposed to absolute
Also, symbolical (for defs 1–4).
Origin: 1650–60; Related forms
< Late Latin symbolicus
< Greek symbolikós.