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It is an adjective.
Meaning : taking words in their usual or primary sense without metaphor or allegory.This means we use the actual meaning i.e exact, avoiding exaggeration or any indirect meaning or inaccuracy.

Root of the word: litera = letter

Related forms:
literalness - noun

Synonyms : honest, accurate, exact, unembroidered, unembellished, plain,verbal,plain,veracious,verbatium

Antonyms : figurative

Sample Usage

1)Literal translations may sound very bland.
2)She gave the literal description of what has happened.
3)He made a literal error in his work which had cost him a month's salary.

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