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symbolic

adjective sym·bol·ic \sim-ˈbä-lik\

: expressing or representing an idea or quality without using words

: relating to or being used as a symbol

: using symbols

Full Definition of SYMBOLIC

1
a :  using, employing, or exhibiting a symbol
b :  consisting of or proceeding by means of symbols
2
:  of, relating to, or constituting a symbol
3
:  characterized by or terminating in symbols <symbolic thinking>
4
:  characterized by symbolism <a symbolic dance>
sym·bol·i·cal·ly \-li-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Variants of SYMBOLIC

sym·bol·ic also sym·bol·i·cal \-li-kəl\

Examples of SYMBOLIC

  1. The lighting of the candles is symbolic.
  2. The sharing of the wine has symbolic meaning.

First Known Use of SYMBOLIC

1610

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