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nonliteral

(ˌnɒnˈlɪtərəl)
adj
not literal; figurative
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Adj.1.nonliteral - (used of the meanings of words or text) not literal; using figures of speech; "figurative language"
rhetorical - given to rhetoric, emphasizing style at the expense of thought; "mere rhetorical frippery"
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Thus, in Riggs, Patterson prefers the majority's approach, which demonstrates a broad awareness of historical precedents regarding the nonliteral interpretation of statutes, to that of the dissent, which appears to him literal and cramped.(53) He further emphasizes the practical consequences of the decision, noting that the majority's opinion could not take property away from the grandson because the issue was whether he was rightfully entitled to the property in the first place.(54) Similarly, with respect to Weber, Patterson lauds Blackmun's concurrence for its emphasis on prudential considerations and its faithfulness to existing Title VII decisions, which enable Blackmun to avoid (in Patterson's view) a sterile debate regarding the legislative intention behind the Civil Rights Act.
Alston in his essay, "Literal and Nonliteral in Reports of Mystical Experience," allows that "I will term 'mystical' any experience that is taken by the subject to be a direct awareness of (what is taken to be) Ultimate Reality or (what is taken to be) an object of religious worship" and notices that, in spite of the reach of this definition, it "may fail to stretch over some forms of Buddhist mystical experience and may not cover 'naturalistic' mystical experience." It would seem, then, that with this kind of definitional framework much might get included that some scholars would want to reject (would a presumed direct awareness of the devil by a Satanist count as a mystical experience?) and much that most others would want to include gets excluded by fiat.
Eli extracts the set of literal terminals, such as begin, from the context-free grammar that describes the phrase structure so the user only needs to describe the nonliteral terminals, such as integers and identifiers, and the structure of comments.
Second, they often have a conveyed content, which outstrips their explicit representational content, including much that is merely implicit in the work, and may exclude certain aspects of explicit representational content, as when explicit representational content is used for nonliteral forms of representation such as irony, metaphor, symbolism, or allegory.
Nor is the nonliteral character of some biblical texts at issue.
that even a "nonliteral" or isolated use of the F- and S-Words
Not only is this at odds with the nonliteral performance style that has the cast playing instruments while in character, it also makes you realize that movies do movies better than theater does.
There is no question that the functions of objects are transformed during play--a process called nonliteral play.
After all, people may simply learn to associate nonliteral meanings with familiar phrases without ever recognizing, even tacitly, a connection between their own bodily movements and more abstract conceptual domains.
In their paper on literal and nonliteral falsehood, Winner et al.
In Computer Associates, the Second Circuit drew upon fundamental copyright principles to develop a three-part test of substantial similarity for nonliteral aspects of computer software.
Judge Keeton emphasizes that "nonliteral" elements of the Lotus interface can be protected by copyright law.