Literal contract
Literal Lit"er*al (l[i^]t"[~e]r*al), a. [F. lit['e]ral, litt['e]ral, L. litteralis, literalis, fr. littera, litera, a letter. See {Letter}.] 1. According to the letter or verbal expression; real; not figurative or metaphorical; as, the literal meaning of a phrase. [1913 Webster]

It hath but one simple literal sense whose light the owls can not abide. --Tyndale. [1913 Webster]

2. Following the letter or exact words; not free. [1913 Webster]

A middle course between the rigor of literal translations and the liberty of paraphrasts. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

3. Consisting of, or expressed by, letters. [1913 Webster]

The literal notation of numbers was known to Europeans before the ciphers. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

4. Giving a strict or literal construction; unimaginative; matter-of-fact; -- applied to persons. [1913 Webster]

{Literal contract} (Law), a contract of which the whole evidence is given in writing. --Bouvier.

{Literal equation} (Math.), an equation in which known quantities are expressed either wholly or in part by means of letters; -- distinguished from a {numerical equation}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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