symbolic gesture

noun

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

Examples of symbolic gesture in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This past November, John made that symbolic gesture official and delivered the induction speech when Taupin was at last inducted into the Hall. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, 30 Jan. 2024 Together, these observations suggested to the researchers that the fluttering qualifies as a symbolic gesture. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Mar. 2024 Several Missouri union groups called it a symbolic gesture. Daniel Desrochers, Kansas City Star, 22 Mar. 2024 This was, at the time, a symbolic gesture, which the film injects with a little too much suspense. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 16 Mar. 2024 Cinemas across the country will remain closed for one day on Feb. 5 in a symbolic gesture to protest against high government taxes. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 5 Feb. 2024 This is not a symbolic gesture, but one with horrific consequences. Doris Bittar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Feb. 2024 Israel funding The first action the House took after Johnson was sworn in as speaker was to pass a resolution affirming support for Israel, a symbolic gesture. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, 27 Oct. 2023 At $35 million, this first grant to BAE is almost a symbolic gesture. Eva Dou, Washington Post, 12 Dec. 2023

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“Symbolic gesture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/symbolic%20gesture. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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