According to the primary and natural import of words; not figuratively; as, a man and his wife can not be literally one flesh.
- In a literal manner; word for word: translated the Greek passage literally.
- In a literal or strict sense: Don't take my remarks literally.
- Usage Problem Really; actually: "There are people in the world who literally do not know how to boil water” ( Craig Claiborne).
- Usage Problem Used as an intensive before a figurative expression.