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Adjective: figurative  fi-g(y)u-ru-tiv
  1. (used of the meanings of words or text) not literal; using figures of speech
    "figurative language";
    - nonliteral
     
  2. Consisting of or forming human or animal figures
    "the figurative art of the humanistic tradition";
    - figural

See also: analogical, extended, metaphoric, metaphorical, metonymic, metonymical, poetic, representational, rhetorical, synecdochic, synecdochical, tropical

Antonym: literal

Encyclopedia: Figurative