1. in a symbolic manner
; - Example: "symbolically accepted goals"
2. by means of symbols
; - Example: "symbolically expressed"
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. --
The sacrament is a representation of Christ's death by
such symbolical actions as he himself appointed. --Jer.
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
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adv 1: in a symbolic manner; "symbolically accepted goals"
2: by means of symbols; "symbolically expressed"