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  • adjective Not rhetorical.


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non- +‎ rhetorical


  • More importantly, since weak representationalism does not entail strong, opponents may offer serious nonrhetorical answers to the argument's concluding rhetorical question.

    Representational Theories of Consciousness

  • Help us poke our heads out tonight for some nonrhetorical flourishes?

    CNN Transcript Jan 28, 2003

  • These poets mainly wanted poetry to be nonrhetorical, i.e., they asked for a break with the tradition of Hugo and the Parnassiens.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • The indifference to nonrhetorical poetics appears from the lack of any commentary upon Aristotle's Poetics and from the loss of its second book, dealing with comedy.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • In England and America also, in a more strictly literary development, critics have applied the general tenets of rhetorical analysis to many kinds of works that are normally considered to be nonrhetorical.


  • I replied to Carter’s very nonrhetorical question—the former cop would want details: His name’s Henry Loving.



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