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Literal (a.) According to the letter or verbal expression; real; not figurative or metaphorical; as, the literal meaning of a phrase.
Literal (a.) Following the letter or exact words; not free.
Literal (a.) Consisting of, or expressed by, letters.
Literal (a.) Giving a strict or literal construction; unimaginative; matter-of fast; -- applied to persons.
Literal (n.) Literal meaning.