Definition of "literal interpretation" [literal interpretation]
An interpretation based on the exact wording(noun)
WordNet. Princeton University. 2010.
Use "literal interpretation" in a sentence
"The second statement may have been a conjecture based upon the identification of Pantænus with one of the teachers described in "Stromata", I, i, and a too literal interpretation of what is said about these teachers deriving their doctrine direct from the Apostles."
"Unthinking adherence to a literal interpretation of prophecy had in the past caused great turmoil, everything from murder to war."
"The claims that heliocentricity contradicted the Bible are now seen to have been overstated, and the insistence on a literal interpretation of those particular scripture verses seems wholly unwarranted."