symbolic gesture

noun

Definition of symbolic gesture

: an act that has no purpose or effect other than to show support, respect, etc. The president's visit was mainly a symbolic gesture.

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“Symbolic gesture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/symbolic%20gesture. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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