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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.
In other words, it means seeing the human body and its parts in the mental terms they nonliterally exemplify (in either a secondary or a metaphorical sense).