figuratively

[ fig-yer-uh-tiv-lee ]
/ ˈfɪg yər ə tɪv li /

adverb

in a way that involves or invokes a metaphor or figure of speech; metaphorically:Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is celebrated to remove darkness from our lives both literally and figuratively.We figuratively envision personal space as an aura or a soap bubble.
by means of a figure, likeness, or emblem: In art and literature, the former kingdom was often figuratively presented as a woman.

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Origin of figuratively

OTHER WORDS FROM figuratively

non·fig·ur·a·tive·ly, adverbsem·i·fig·ur·a·tive·ly, adverbun·fig·ur·a·tive·ly, adverb
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