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 for Symbolic
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Symbolic \Sym*bol"ic\, n. [Cf. F. symbolique. See Symbolic,
     a.] (Theol.)
     See Symbolics.
     [1913 Webster] Symbolic

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Symbolic \Sym*bol"ic\, Symbolical \Sym*bol"ic*al\, a. [L.
     symbolicus, Gr. symboliko`s: cf. F. symbolique.]
     Of or pertaining to a symbol or symbols; of the nature of a
     symbol; exhibiting or expressing by resemblance or signs;
     representative; as, the figure of an eye is symbolic of sight
     and knowledge. -- Sym*bol"ic*al*ly, adv. --
     Sym*bol"ic*al*ness, n.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           The sacrament is a representation of Christ's death by
           such symbolical actions as he himself appointed. --Jer.
                                                    Taylor.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Symbolical delivery (Law), the delivery of property sold by
        delivering something else as a symbol, token, or
        representative of it. --Bouvier. Chitty.
  
     Symbolical philosophy, the philosophy expressed by
        hieroglyphics.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Symbolics \Sym*bol"ics\, n.
     The study of ancient symbols; esp. (Theol.), that branch of
     historic theology which treats of creeds and confessions of
     faith; symbolism; -- called also symbolic.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  symbolic
      adj 1: relating to or using or proceeding by means of symbols;
             "symbolic logic"; "symbolic operations"; "symbolic
             thinking" [syn: symbolic, symbolical]
      2: serving as a visible symbol for something abstract; "a crown
         is emblematic of royalty"; "the spinning wheel was as
         symbolic of colonical Massachusetts as the codfish" [syn:
         emblematic, emblematical, symbolic, symbolical]
      3: using symbolism; "symbolic art"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  75 Moby Thesaurus words for "symbolic":
     allegoric, allegorical, anagogic, associational, betokening,
     connotational, connotative, definable, demonstrative, denominative,
     denotational, denotative, designative, diagnostic, emblematic,
     evidential, exhibitive, expressive, extended, extensional, figural,
     figurative, full of meaning, full of point, full of substance,
     glossematic, iconic, identifying, ideographic, idiosyncratic,
     implicative, indicating, indicative, indicatory, individual,
     intelligible, intensional, interpretable, lexemic, lexical,
     meaning, meaningful, meaty, metaphorical, morphemic, naming,
     pathognomonic, peculiar, phrasal, pithy, pointed, pregnant,
     readable, referential, representative, semantic, semantological,
     semasiological, sememic, semiotic, sententious, signalizing,
     significant, significative, signifying, substantial, suggestive,
     symbolistic, symbological, symptomatic, symptomatologic, tokening,
     transferred, typical, verbal
  
  

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  SYMBOLIC, adj.  Pertaining to symbols and the use and interpretation
  of symbols.
  
      They say 'tis conscience feels compunction;
      I hold that that's the stomach's function,
      For of the sinner I have noted
      That when he's sinned he's somewhat bloated,
      Or ill some other ghastly fashion
      Within that bowel of compassion.
      True, I believe the only sinner
      Is he that eats a shabby dinner.
      You know how Adam with good reason,
      For eating apples out of season,
      Was "cursed."  But that is all symbolic:
      The truth is, Adam had the colic.
                                                                    G.J.
  

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