Meaning of SYMBOLIC in English


symbolical [adjective]The skull at the bottom of the picture is symbolic of death.An action can be described as symbolic if it expresses or seems to express an intention or feeling, although it has little practical influence on a situation.Five hundred troops were sent in, more as a symbolic gesture than as a real threat.The symbolic importance of the release of the first two hostages cannot be overestimated.

Cambridge English vocab.      Кембриджский английский словарь.