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figurative

adjective [not gradable]  /ˈfɪɡ·jər·ə·t̬ɪv/ ( abbreviation fig.) us  
English (of words and phrases) used not with their basic meaning but to suggest part of that meaning: literal and figurative meanings art Figurative art is based on the shapes of real objects.
figuratively
adverb  /ˈfɪɡ·jər·ə·t̬ɪv·li/ us  
Figuratively speaking, negotiators succeeded in building a bridge over a wide river in reaching this agreement.
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