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noun 
  1. (complang) A value, as opposed to an identifier, written into the source code of a computer program.
adjective 
  1. Exactly as stated; read or understood without additional interpretation; according to the letter or verbal expression; real; not figurative or metaphorical.
The translation is "hands full of bananas" but it means empty-handed.
  1. Following the letter or exact words; not free; not taking liberties.
A reading of the law would prohibit it, but that is clearly not the intent.
  1. Consisting of, or expressed by, letters.
(webster)
Etymology: Latin litteralis (also literalis) "of or pertaining to letters".


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