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symbolic

[sim-bol-ik]
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adjective
  1. serving as a symbol of something (often followed by of).
  2. of, relating to, or expressed by a symbol.
  3. characterized by or involving the use of symbols: a highly symbolic poem.
  4. (in semantics, especially formerly) pertaining to a class of words that express only relations.Compare notional(def 7).
  5. 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

1650–60; < Late Latin symbolicus < Greek symbolikós. See symbol, -ic
Related formssym·bol·i·cal·ly, adverbsym·bol·i·cal·ness, nounnon·sym·bol·ic, adjectivenon·sym·bol·i·cal, adjectivenon·sym·bol·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·sym·bol·i·cal·ness, nounun·sym·bol·ic, adjectiveun·sym·bol·i·cal, adjectiveun·sym·bol·i·cal·ly, adverb
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symbolic

symbolical

adjective
  1. of or relating to a symbol or symbols
  2. serving as a symbol
  3. characterized by the use of symbols or symbolism
Derived Formssymbolically, adverbsymbolicalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for symbolically

symbolic

adj.

c.1600 (implied in symbolically); see symbol + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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