non·​lit·​er·​al ˌnän-ˈli-t(ə-)rəl How to pronounce nonliteral (audio)
: not literal
a nonliteral interpretation/translation
a nonliteral use of language

Examples of nonliteral in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition, neurodivergent women, such as those with autism and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, may be excluded from whisper networks because information is often shared using indirect or nonliteral language. Carrie Ann Johnson, Fortune, 4 Jan. 2023 Thirsty, even, in its most nonliteral meaning. Julissa James, Los Angeles Times, 16 July 2021 The New York Times is concerned about its subscribers’ intolerance for opposing views, not about nonliteral terminology about opposing pages. Nicholas Clairmont, Washington Examiner, 29 Apr. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1875, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonliteral was in 1875

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“Nonliteral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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