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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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But given that the Supreme Court has not seemed interested in the original history, and given that few commentators would deem that history decisive, it is doubtful that a commitment to originalism explains the practice of reading "Congress" in the First Amendment nonliterally.
The adjective "literal," then, too qualifies the sentence expressive of an alleged truth: it indicates that it contains no nonliterally used words.
A metaphor's literal meaning is used nonliterally in a comparison with its subject.
This means straight off that one can't assert anything nonliterally or indirectly.