how to pronounce literal

lɪtəɹəl

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meanings of literal

adjective:

  1. Following the letter or exact words; not free; not taking liberties.
  2. Giving a strict or literal construction; unimaginative; matter-of-fact.
  3. Consisting of, or expressed by, letters.
  4. Exactly as stated; read or understood without additional interpretation; according to the letter or verbal expression; real; not figurative or metaphorical.
  5. Used non-literally as an intensifier; see literally for usage notes.

noun:

  1. A value, as opposed to an identifier, written into the source code of a computer program.
  2. A misprint (or occasionally a scribal error) that affects a letter.
  3. A propositional variable or the negation of a propositional variable. ^Wp.

words that rhyme with literal

littoral