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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
SYMBOLICAL Defined for Kids

symbolic

adjective sym·bol·ic \sim-ˈbä-lik\

Definition of SYMBOLIC for Kids

:  of, relating to, or using symbols or symbolism <Lighting the candles has a symbolic meaning.>

Variants of SYMBOLIC

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

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