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Definition 1: a mistake in printed matter resulting from mechanical failures of some kind - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for literal in the sense of this definition

(literal is a kind of ...) part of a statement that is not correct

"the book was full of errors"

Definition 2: limited to the explicit meaning of a word or text - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where literal or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a literal translation

(literal is similar to ...) in accordance with fact or the primary meaning of a term

(means also ...) marked by strict and particular and complete accordance with fact

"an exact mind" "an exact copy" "hit the exact center of the target"

(means also ...) not rhetorical

Definition 3: without interpretation or embellishment - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where literal or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a literal depiction of the scene before him

(literal is similar to ...) marked by strict and particular and complete accordance with fact

"an exact mind" "an exact copy" "hit the exact center of the target"

Definition 4: avoiding embellishment or exaggeration (used for emphasis) - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where literal or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it's the literal truth

(literal is similar to ...) not elaborate or elaborated; simple

"plain food" "stuck to the plain facts" "a plain blue suit" "a plain rectangular brick building"

Definition 5: being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where literal or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • her actual motive
  • a literal solitude like a desert
  • a genuine dilemma

Synonyms for literal in the sense of this definition

(literal is similar to ...) consistent with fact or reality; not false

"the story is true" "it is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatever for supposing it true" "the true meaning of the statement"

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