Fig"ur*a*tive (?), a. [L. figurativus: cf. F. figuratif. See Figurative.]

1.

Representing by a figure, or by resemblance; typical; representative.

This, they will say, was figurative, and served, by God's appointment, but for a time, to shadow out the true glory of a more divine sanctity. Hooker.

2.

Used in a sense that is tropical, as a metaphor; not literal; -- applied to words and expressions.

3.

Ambounding in figures of speech; flowery; florid; as, a highly figurative description.

4.

Relating to the representation of form or figure by drawing, carving, etc. See Figure, n., 2.

They belonged to a nation dedicated to the figurative arts, and they wrote for a public familiar with painted form. J. A. Symonds.

Figurative counterpointdescant. See under Figurate.

-- Fig"ur*a*tive*ly, adv. -- Fig"ur*a*tive*ness, n.

 

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