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. Abounding in figures of speech; flowery; florid; as, a highly
4. Relating to the representation of form or figure by drawing, carving, etc. See Figure,
They belonged to a nation dedicated to the figurative arts, and they wrote for a public familiar with painted form.J. A. Symonds.
Figurative counterpoint or Figurative descant. See under Figurate.
adv. -- Fig"ur*a*tive*ness,
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