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figurative

fig·ur·a·tive

figurative

 
pronunciation:
fIg y r tihv
features:
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: not meant to be interpreted in a literal way; metaphorical.
"It's raining cats and dogs" is a figurative expression that means that it is raining very hard and not that animals are falling from the clouds.
antonyms:
literal
definition 2: containing or using many metaphors.
a figurative poem
definition 3: represented by means of a symbol, figure, or image.
derivation: figuratively (adv.)
Word Parts
The word figurative contains the following parts:
fig Latin root that means form
-ive, -ative Latin adjective-forming suffix that means tending to, connected with, or performing
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The suffix -ive , -ative turns Latinate verb bases into adjectives. Many adjectives ending in -ive , -ative have corresponding noun forms ending in -ity (objective , objectivity) or -ion (effusive , effusion).