What does figurative mean?

Definitions for figurative
ˈfɪg yər ə tɪvfig·u·ra·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. figurative, nonliteraladjective

    (used of the meanings of words or text) not literal; using figures of speech

    "figurative language"

  2. figural, figurativeadjective

    consisting of or forming human or animal figures

    "a figural design"; "the figurative art of the humanistic tradition"- Herbert Read

Wiktionary

  1. figurativeadjective

    Metaphorical or tropical, as opposed to literal; using figures; as of the use of "cats and dogs" in the phrase "It's raining cats and dogs".

  2. figurativeadjective

    Metaphorically so called

  3. figurativeadjective

    With many figures of speech

  4. figurativeadjective

    Emblematic

Webster Dictionary

  1. Figurativeadjective

    representing by a figure, or by resemblance; typical; representative

  2. Figurativeadjective

    used in a sense that is tropical, as a metaphor; not literal; -- applied to words and expressions

  3. Figurativeadjective

    abounding in figures of speech; flowery; florid; as, a highly figurative description

  4. Figurativeadjective

    relating to the representation of form or figure by drawing, carving, etc. See Figure, n., 2

  5. Etymology: [L. figurativus: cf. F. figuratif. See Figurative.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of figurative in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of figurative in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of figurative in a Sentence

  1. William Barr:

    One of the ironies, as some have observed, is that the secular project has itself become a religion, pursued with religious fervor. It is taking on all the trappings of a religion – including inquisitions and excommunication. Those who defy the creed risk a figurative burning at the stake – social, educational, and professional ostracism and exclusion waged through lawsuits and savage social media campaigns.

  2. Cometan:

    Five figurative children, I have, whom I have raised since I was the age of fifteen.

  3. Shaun Fletcher:

    We’re putting our athletes through a lot of painful literal and figurative hoops and hurdles with really no resolution at the end of it to tell them that this is the standard that is being set for competition, there needs to be a joint effort to determine the metric because athletics and institutions, they go off of metrics and standards that can be applied to the masses.

  4. President Trump:

    And if you don't fight like hell, you're not going to have a country anymore, of the over 10,000 words spoken, President Trump used the word' fight' a little more than a handful of times and each time in the figurative sense that has long been accepted in public discourse when urging people to stand and use their voices to be heard on matters important to them ; it was not and could not be construed to encourage acts of violence.

  5. Maxime Aubert:

    To me, the most fascinating aspect of our research is that humanity's oldest cave art is at least 44,000 years old and it already has all the key components relating to modern cognition, [ like ] hand stencils, figurative art, storytelling, therianthropes and religious thinking, so it must have a much older origin, possibly in Africa or soon after we left Africa.

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Translations for figurative

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  • مجازي, رمزي, استعاريArabic
  • образен, преносен, метафориченBulgarian
  • přenesený, obrazný, metaforickýCzech
  • im übertragenen Sinne, bilderreich, bildlich, symbolisch, metaphorisch, sinnbildlich, figürlich, übertragenGerman
  • μεταφορικόςGreek
  • figurado, figurativoSpanish
  • فیگوراتیوPersian
  • kuvaannollinenFinnish
  • figuratif, figuréFrench
  • samhlachailScottish Gaelic
  • átvitt, jelképes, átvitt értelemben, szimbolikus, képletesHungarian
  • figurativoItalian
  • 比喩Japanese
  • figurativoPortuguese
  • figurativRomanian
  • переносный, метафорический, образный, фигуральныйRussian
  • figurativSwedish
  • அடையாள அர்த்தமுள்ளTamil
  • mecaziTurkish
  • tượng trưngVietnamese

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