- representing by means of a figure, symbol, or likeness
- having to do with figure drawing, painting, etc.
- not in its original, usual, literal, or exact sense; representing one concept in terms of another that may be thought of as analogous with it; metaphoric: in “screaming headlines,” the word “screaming” is a figurative use
- containing figures of speech
Origin of figurativeMiddle English from Old French figuratif from Late Latin figurativus from Classical Latin figuratus, past participle of figurare, to form, fashion from figura, figure