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sym·bol·ic / simˈbälik/ • adj. 1. serving as a symbol: a repeating design symbolic of eternity. ∎  significant purely in terms of what is being represented or implied: the release of the dissident was an important symbolic gesture.2. involving the use of symbols or symbolism: the symbolic meaning of motifs and designs.DERIVATIVES: sym·bol·i·cal adj.sym·bol·i·cal·ly / -ik(ə)lē/ adv.

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