Definition of literalness noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈlɪtərəlnəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪtərəlnəs//
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  1. 1the fact of understanding words or texts in their most basic meaning, rather than with any extended or poetic meaning the literalness of a child Different communities follow the Bible with different degrees of literalness.
  2. 2(disapproving) lack of imagination This literalness and humourlessness is typical of him.