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Definition of figurative:

  1. Abounding in figures of speech; flowery; florid; as, a highly figurative description.
  2. Relating to the representation of form or figure by drawing, carving, etc. See Figure, n., 2.
  3. Representing by a figure, or by resemblance; typical; representative.
  4. Used in a sense that is tropical, as a metaphor; not literal; - applied to words and expressions.

Synonyms:

extended, synecdochical, metaphorical, poetic, metonymic, metonymical, tropical, representational, nonliteral, synecdochic, analogical, figural, metaphoric.

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