- serving as a symbol of something (often followed by of).
- of, relating to, or expressed by a symbol.
- characterized by or involving the use of symbols: a highly symbolic poem.
- (in semantics, especially formerly) pertaining to a class of words that express only relations.Compare notional(def 7).
- Computers. expressed in characters, usually nonnumeric, that require translation before they can be used (opposed to absolute).
Sometimes sym·bol·i·cal (for defs 1–4).
Origin of symbolic
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Examples from the Web for symbolical
It began to be terrible to him, because it seemed to be symbolical.The Christian
This act was symbolical of his giving to her his worldly goods.The Philippine Islands
These various designs no doubt all had some symbolical significance.The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria
For the mass of people, knowledge must be symbolical, mythical, dynamic.Fantasia of the Unconscious
D. H. Lawrence
Possibly the birds were intended to be symbolical of the souls of the faithful.Museum of Antiquity
L. W. Yaggy
- of or relating to a symbol or symbols
- serving as a symbol
- characterized by the use of symbols or symbolism
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Word Origin and History for symbolical
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