|Origin:||Medieval Latin literalis, from Latin littera; LETTER1|
the literal meaning of a word or expression is its basic or original meaning [↪ figurative]
literal meaning/sense/interpretation etc
A trade war is not a war in the literal sense.
a translation that translates each word exactly instead of giving the general meaning in a more natural way [≠ free]
not showing much imagination
—literalness noun [uncountable]