Say that there is some concept X which I want to expose to the reader to as such:

(formal explanation of X)

Viewing X pictorially:

(depiction of X in an image)

An example of X would be a mathematical function.

Is saying "viewing X pictorially" redundant, or does "viewing" not imply the use of imagery to depict some concept?

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    You could make a mental picture of something in which case you ain't seeing it pictorially. So the question of redundancy or not depends on more information.
    – user405662
    Dec 22, 2021 at 15:50
  • 'Illustrating (a relation, a trend, say) pictorially' similarly pinpoints the non-metaphorical usage of the verb. Dec 22, 2021 at 15:54
  • Try: Viewing X schematically: Dec 22, 2021 at 18:34
  • If you can view X as an equation or as a picture, then it seems reasonable to differentiate it. "View" is quite general (you can view something as numbers or statistics, as a schematic diagram, as a graph, on a screen, in 3D, in the flesh, etc.)
    – Stuart F
    Dec 22, 2021 at 18:41


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