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non-figurative

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Definition of non-figurative in English:

adjective

1Not figurative.
Example sentences
  • Aristotle does not rule out the possibility that metaphor may contain insights, but any truth so contained in figurative language would be additionally accessible through non-figurative language.
  • But God's self-portrayal can be simultaneously literal and figurative only if literal does not mean non-figurative but real or actual.
1.1(Of art) abstract: works which appeared to be non-figurative often did in fact recall the visible world
More example sentences
  • In the twentieth century Wassily Kandinsky is considered as the inventor of non-figurative art.
  • This is often the case with abstract or non-figurative painting.
  • Up until about 1974, Haas experimented with a range of different techniques and styles, producing, for example, non-figurative paintings and drawings reminiscent of Paul Klee or the Abstract Expressionists.

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