nonmetaphorical

adjective non·met·a·phor·i·cal \ ˌnän-ˌme-tə-ˈfȯr-i-kəl , -ˈfär- \

Definition of nonmetaphorical

: not of, relating to, or employing a metaphor
  • a straightforward, nonmetaphorical explanation
  • Some of our conceptual understandings of love, marriage, anger and other abstract concepts may be nonmetaphorical, but a great many of these abstract concepts appear to be constituted by metaphor.
  • —Raymond W. Gibbs

First Known Use of nonmetaphorical

1941

in the meaning defined above

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