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English definition of “symbolic”

symbolic

adjective     /sɪmˈbɒl.ɪk/ US  /-ˈbɑː.lɪk/ (also symbolical)
C2 representing something else : The skull at the bottom of the picture is symbolic of death .Representation in art and in generalTypifying, illustrating and exemplifyingMeaning and significance refers to an action that expresses or seems to express an intention or feeling , but has little practical influence on a situation : Five hundred troops were sent in, more as a symbolic gesture than as a real threat .Of little or less importance symbolically     /-ɪ.kəl.i/ adverb
(Definition of symbolic adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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