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symbolic

[sim-bol-ik] /sɪmˈbɒl ɪk/
adjective
1.
serving as a symbol of something (often followed by of).
2.
of, pertaining to, or expressed by a symbol.
3.
characterized by or involving the use of symbols:
a highly symbolic poem.
4.
(in semantics, especially formerly) pertaining to a class of words that express only relations.
Compare notional (def 7).
5.
Computers. expressed in characters, usually nonnumeric, that require translation before they can be used (opposed to absolute).
Also, symbolical (for defs 1–4).
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Late Latin symbolicus < Greek symbolikós. See symbol, -ic
Related forms
symbolically, adverb
symbolicalness, noun
nonsymbolic, adjective
nonsymbolical, adjective
nonsymbolically, adverb
nonsymbolicalness, noun
unsymbolic, adjective
unsymbolical, adjective
unsymbolically, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for symbolical of

symbolic

/sɪmˈbɒlɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a symbol or symbols
2.
serving as a symbol
3.
characterized by the use of symbols or symbolism
Derived Forms
symbolically, adverb
symbolicalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for symbolical of

symbolic

adj.

c.1600 (implied in symbolically); see symbol + -ic.

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