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adjective     literal pronunciation in American English
  1. 1
    the literal meaning of a word is its most basic meaning

    He is clearly not using the worddead” in its literal sense.

    See also figurative
  2. 2
    a literal translation is one in which each word is translated separately in a way that does not sound natural
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    understanding words or ideas only in a basic and obvious way, and not their hidden or more unusual meanings

    Young children can be very literal.

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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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