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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]


Relating to or using or proceeding by means of symbols

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)


symbolic; symbolical

Context examples:

symbolic logic / symbolic operations / symbolic thinking


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

Sense 2symbolic [BACK TO TOP]


Serving as a visible symbol for something abstract


emblematic; emblematical; symbolic; symbolical

Context examples:

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


representative (standing for something else)

Sense 3symbolic [BACK TO TOP]


Using symbolism

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

symbolic art


symbolism (a system of symbols and symbolic representations)

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