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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 rhe·tor·i·cal /rɪˈtɔrɪkəl, ˈtɑr-/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Rhe·tor·ic·al a.  Of or pertaining to rhetoric; according to, or exhibiting, rhetoric; oratorical; as, the rhetorical art; a rhetorical treatise; a rhetorical flourish.
    They permit him to leave their poetical taste ungratified, provided that he gratifies their rhetorical sense.   --M. Arnold.
 -- Rhe*tor*ic*al*ly, adv. -- Rhe*tor*ic*al*ness, n.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: of or relating to rhetoric; "accepted two or three verbal
             and rhetorical changes I suggested"- W.A.White; "the
             rhetorical sin of the meaningless variation"- Lewis
      2: concerned with effect or style of writing and speaking; "a
         rhetorical question is one asked solely to produce an
         effect (especially to make an assertion) rather than to
         elicit a reply" [ant: unrhetorical]