symbolic

[sim-bol-ik]
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:
1650–60; < Late Latin symbolicus < Greek symbolikós. See symbol, -ic

symbolically, adverb
symbolicalness, noun
nonsymbolic, adjective
nonsymbolical, adjective
nonsymbolically, adverb
nonsymbolicalness, noun
unsymbolic, adjective
unsymbolical, adjective
unsymbolically, adverb
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symbolic or symbolical (sɪmˈbɒlɪk)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to a symbol or symbols
2.  serving as a symbol
3.  characterized by the use of symbols or symbolism
 
symbolical or symbolical
 
adj
 
sym'bolically or symbolical
 
adv
 
sym'bolicalness or symbolical
 
n

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Example sentences
Symbolically, for years it advised on few hostile takeover bids.
He would focus on specific things that he felt were important, if only
  symbolically.
Others announced with pride that the city had lifted itself, symbolically and
  structurally, out of the rubble.
The resignation matters symbolically, but that's about it.
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