literal

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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.
    The literal translation is “hands full of bananas” but it means empty-handed.
    • 1594, Richard Hooker, Of the Lawes of Ecclesiastical Politie
      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[1]:
      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. (uncommon) Consisting of, or expressed by, letters (of an alphabet)
    a literal equation
  4. (of a person) Giving a strict or literal construction; unimaginative; matter-of-fact
  5. (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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Catalan[edit]

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Borrowed from Late Latin litterālis.

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literal (masculine and feminine plural literals)

  1. literal

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Galician[edit]

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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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German[edit]

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literal (comparative literaler, superlative am literalsten)

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

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Indonesian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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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Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Late Latin litterālis.

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  • IPA(key): (Brazil) /li.teˈɾaw/, [li.teˈɾaʊ̯]
  • IPA(key): (Portugal) /li.tɨˈɾal/, [li.tɨˈɾaɫ]

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literal m or f (plural literais, comparable)

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

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literal m (plural literais)

  1. (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

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French littéral, from Latin litteralis.

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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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Spanish[edit]

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Borrowed from Late Latin litterālis.

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  • IPA(key): /liteˈɾal/, [li.t̪eˈɾal]

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literal (plural literales)

  1. literal

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