Pronunciation: (fig'yur-u-tiv),[key] —adj. 1. of the nature of or involving a figure of speech, esp. a metaphor; metaphorical; not literal: a figurative expression. 2. metaphorically so called: His remark was a figurative boomerang. 3. abounding in or fond of figures of speech: Elizabethan poetry is highly figurative. 4. representing by means of a figure or likeness, as in drawing or sculpture.
5. representing by a figure or emblem; emblematic.