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symbolic

or symbolical (for defs 1–4)

[sim-bol-ik] /sɪmˈbɒl ɪk/
adjective
1.
serving as a symbol of something (often followed by of).
2.
of, relating 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).
Origin of symbolic
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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  • Now in the contrast between these pictures may be found, symbolically at least, the origin and motive of John Ruskin's career.

  • symbolically speaking, that is what they would like to do with us.

    Utopia of Usurers and other Essays Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  • By this fabulous beast described as a great red dragon, then, is symbolically represented the heathen Roman Empire.

    The Last Reformation F. G. [Frederick George] Smith
  • Guilt is allayed by symbolically and ritually passing it onto another.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • Color is being used now not only for decorative purposes, but also symbolically.

    One-Act Plays Various
British Dictionary definitions for symbolically

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 symbolically

symbolic

adj.

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

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