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From Middle English literal, from Old French literal, from Late Latin litteralis, also literalis (of or pertaining to letters or to writing), from Latin littera, litera (a letter); see letter.

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literal (comparative more literal, superlative most literal)

  1. Exactly as stated; read or understood without additional interpretation; according to the letter or verbal expression; real; not figurative or metaphorical, and etymonic rather than idiomatic.
    The literal translation is "hands full of bananas" but it means "empty-handed".
    • 1594–1597, Richard Hooker, edited by J[ohn] S[penser], Of the Lawes of Ecclesiastical Politie, [], London: [] Will[iam] Stansby [for Matthew Lownes], published 1611, →OCLC, (please specify the page):
      a middle course between the rigour of literal translations and the liberty of paraphrasts
    • 2017 January 12, Jesse Hassenger, “A literal monster truck is far from the stupidest thing about Monster Trucks”, in The Onion AV Club[2]:
      Mechanically, operating this hybrid vehicle is sort of a cross between driving a car and taming an animal, which means the movie treats the audience to the sight of a man (pretending to be a teenager) driving a literal monster truck in a field next to a woman (also pretending to be a teenager) riding a horse.
  2. Following the letter or exact words; not free; not taking liberties
    A literal reading of the law would prohibit it, but that is clearly not the intent.
  3. (theology) (broadly) That which generally assumes that the plainest reading of a given scripture is correct but which allows for metaphor where context indicates it; (specifically) following the historical-grammatical method of biblical interpretation
  4. (uncommon) Consisting of, or expressed by, letters (of an alphabet)
    a literal equation
  5. (of a person) Unimaginative; matter-of-fact
  6. (proscribed) Used non-literally as an intensifier; see literally for usage notes.
    Telemarketers are the literal worst.

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literal (plural literals)

  1. (epigraphy, typography) A misprint (or occasionally a scribal error) that affects a letter.
    Synonym: typo
  2. (programming) A value, as opposed to an identifier, written into the source code of a computer program.
    Synonym: literal constant
  3. (logic) A propositional variable or the negation of a propositional variable. Wp

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  1. ^ “Archived copy”, in (please provide the title of the work)[1], accessed 6 June 2016, archived from the original on 2016-07-25

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Borrowed from Late Latin litterālis.

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literal m or f (masculine and feminine plural literals)

  1. literal

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Borrowed from Late Latin litterālis.

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literal m or f (plural literais)

  1. literal

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literal (strong nominative masculine singular literaler, comparative literaler, superlative am literalsten)

  1. literate (of cultures, etc., not of individuals)
    Es gibt orale und literale Kulturen.
    There are oral and literate cultures.

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From English literal, from Old French literal, from Late Latin litteralis, also literalis (of or pertaining to letters or to writing), from Latin littera, litera (a letter).

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  • IPA(key): [litəˈral]
  • Hyphenation: li‧tê‧ral

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literal

  1. literal.
    Synonym: harfiah

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Borrowed from Late Latin litterālis.

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literal m (oblique and nominative feminine singular literale)

  1. literal (exactly as stated)
  2. literal (relating to or composed of letters)

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  • English: literal
  • French: littéral

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Borrowed from Late Latin litterālis.

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  • Rhymes: -al, -aw
  • Hyphenation: li‧te‧ral

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literal m or f (plural literais)

  1. literal (understood exactly as written, without additional interpretation)

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literal m (plural literais)

  1. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) (programming) literal (value written in the source code)

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  • literal” in Dicionário Aberto based on Novo Diccionário da Língua Portuguesa de Cândido de Figueiredo, 1913

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Borrowed from French littéral, from Latin litteralis. By surface analysis, literă +‎ -al.

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literal m or n (feminine singular literală, masculine plural literali, feminine and neuter plural literale)

  1. literal

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Borrowed from Late Latin litterālis.

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  • IPA(key): /liteˈɾal/ [li.t̪eˈɾal]
  • Rhymes: -al
  • Syllabification: li‧te‧ral

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literal m or f (masculine and feminine plural literales)

  1. literal

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Borrowed from Spanish literal.

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  • Hyphenation: li‧te‧ral
  • IPA(key): /liteˈɾal/, [lɪ.tɛˈɾal]

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literál

  1. literal (exactly as stated)

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