nonfigurative


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nonfigurative

(ˌnɒnˈfɪɡərətɪv)
adj
1. (Linguistics) (of language) not figurative; literal
2. (Art Terms) (of art) not representing actual or natural objects or realities; abstract
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Adj.1.nonfigurative - not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of naturenonfigurative - not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of nature; "a large abstract painting"
nonrepresentational - of or relating to a style of art in which objects do not resemble those known in physical nature
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