symbolic gesture

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.

Word by Word Definitions

symbolic play
  1. : using, employing, or exhibiting a symbol

  2. : consisting of or proceeding by means of symbols

  3. : of, relating to, or constituting a symbol

gesture play
  1. : carriage, bearing

  2. : a movement usually of the body or limbs that expresses or emphasizes an idea, sentiment, or attitude

  3. : the use of motions of the limbs or body as a means of expression

  1. : to make a gesture (see 1gesture 2)

  2. : to express or direct by a gesture (see 1gesture 2)


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