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Definition of literal:

  1. According to the letter or verbal expression; real; not figurative or metaphorical; as, the literal meaning of a phrase.
  2. Consisting of, or expressed by, letters.
  3. Following the letter or exact words; not free.
  4. Giving a strict or literal construction; unimaginative; matter- of fast; - applied to persons.
  5. meaning.

Synonyms:

plain, hard, popular, apparent, natural, historical, echt, denotative, theoretical, ordinary, substantial, strict, documentary, nonconformist, figurative, fluency, nonfictional, exact, orthodox, Anglo, bilingual, code switching, written, unembellished, deterministic, factual, dead, unerring, disyllabic, utopian, metaphysical, interpretive, fluent, tangible, figuratively, word for word, objective, actual, extinct, veritable, fidelity, false beginner, material, typographical error, oral, communicative competence, matter-of-fact, veritable, vocal, cognate, classical, pure and simple, central, creole, encode, free, conceptual, unfeigned, same, anglophone, veridical, agglutinative, veracious, verbal, misprint, real, abstract, existent, typo, idiomatic, usual, explicit, true, erratum, literal error, genuine.

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