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SYMBOLIC

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does symbolic mean? 

SYMBOLIC (adjective)
  The adjective SYMBOLIC has 3 senses:

1. relating to or using or proceeding by means of symbols
2. serving as a visible symbol for something abstract
3. using symbolism

  Familiarity information: SYMBOLIC used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SYMBOLIC (adjective)


Sense 1symbolic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Relating to or using or proceeding by means of symbols

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Synonyms:

symbolic; symbolical

Context examples:

symbolic logic / symbolic operations / symbolic thinking

Pertainym:

symbol (an arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance)


Sense 2symbolic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Serving as a visible symbol for something abstract

Synonyms:

emblematic; emblematical; symbolic; symbolical

Context examples:

a crown is emblematic of royalty / the spinning wheel was as symbolic of colonical Massachusetts as the codfish

Similar:

representative (standing for something else)


Sense 3symbolic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Using symbolism

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

symbolic art

Pertainym:

symbolism (a system of symbols and symbolic representations)


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