sym·bol·ic (sĭm-bŏlĭk) also sym·bol·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
a. Serving as a symbol: Roses are symbolic of love.
b. Serving as a particular instance of a broader pattern or situation; representative: The new building is symbolic of the recent changes that have taken place in the neighborhood.
2. Of, relating to, or expressed by means of symbols or a symbol: the symbolic meaning of the poem.
3. Using symbolism: symbolic art.
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