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Synonyms for oral
ˈɔr əl, ˈoʊr-oral

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  1. oraladjective



  2. oraladjective

    of American usage, ultimately derived from Aurelius.



  3. oraladjective

    Spoken rather than written.

    An oral presentation



English Synonyms and Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes

  1. oral

    Oral (Latin os, the mouth) signifies uttered through the mouth or (in common phrase) by word of mouth; verbal (Latin verbum, a word) signifies of, pertaining to, or connected with words, especially with words as distinguished from the ideas they convey; vocal (Latin vox, the voice) signifies of or pertaining to the voice, uttered or modulated by the voice, and especially uttered with or sounding with full, resonant voice; literal (Latin litera, a letter) signifies consisting of or expressed by letters, or according to the letter, in the broader sense of the exact meaning or requirement of the words used; what is called "the letter of the law" is its literal meaning without going behind what is expressed by the letters on the page. Thus oral applies to that which is given by spoken words in distinction from that which is written or printed; as, oral tradition; an oral examination. By this rule we should in strictness speak of an oral contract or an oral message, but verbal contract and verbal message, as indicating that which is by spoken rather than by written words, have become so fixed in the language that they can probably never be changed; this usage is also in line with other idioms of the language; as, "I give you my word," "a true man's word is as good as his bond," "by word of mouth," etc. A verbal translation may be oral or written, so that it is word for word; a literal translation follows the construction and idiom of the original as well as the words; a literal translation is more than one that is merely verbal; both verbal and literal are opposed to free. In the same sense, of attending to words only, we speak of verbal criticism, a verbal change. Vocal has primary reference to the human voice; as, vocal sounds, vocal music; vocal may be applied within certain limits to inarticulate sounds given forth by other animals than man; as, the woods were vocal with the songs of birds; oral is never so applied, but is limited to articulate utterance regarded as having a definite meaning; as, an oral statement.

    literal, verbal, vocal

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes

  1. oral

    unwritten, traditional, vocal, spoken, verbal

    written, documentary

Princeton's WordNet0.0 / 0 votes

  1. oral, oral exam, oral examination, viva voce, vivaadjective

    an examination conducted by spoken communication

    oral examination, viva, oral exam, viva voce

    written, aboral, anal, anal retentive

  2. oral, unwrittenadjective

    using speech rather than writing

    "an oral tradition"; "an oral agreement"

    ad-lib, spontaneous, unwritten

    anal, anal retentive, written, aboral

  3. oraladjective

    of or relating to or affecting or for use in the mouth

    "oral hygiene"; "an oral thermometer"; "an oral vaccine"


    written, anal, aboral, anal retentive

  4. oraladjective

    of or involving the mouth or mouth region or the surface on which the mouth is located

    "the oral cavity"; "the oral mucous membrane"; "the oral surface of a starfish"


    aboral, anal retentive, written, anal

  5. oraladjective

    a stage in psychosexual development when the child's interest is concentrated in the mouth; fixation at this stage is said to result in dependence, selfishness, and aggression


    anal retentive, anal, written, aboral

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Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. oraladjective

    spoken, verbal, nuncupative, parole, not written

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words1.0 / 1 vote

  1. oraladjective

    spoken, verbal, parole, vocal, nuncupative

PPDB, the paraphrase database0.0 / 0 votes

  1. List of paraphrases for "oral":

    verbal, orally, verbale, buccal, verbales, orale, bucco, mouth, verbally

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  1. J. Edgar Hoover:

    I regret to say that we of the F.B.I. are powerless to act in cases of oral-genital intimacy, unless it has in some way obstructed interstate commerce.

  2. Libby Mullin:

    We have seen a lot of innovation in states in terms of coverage of oral health as of late, we don't want to see that progress rolled back, oral disease really starts with the pregnant mother who can transmit the disease to her child; so, by age 2, children can have progressive and chronic problems. The longer we wait, because of the progressive nature of oral disease, the more expensive the problems become.

  3. Marije Jongsma:

    The results show that after the use of oral antimicrobials, a shift occurs in the composition of the oral biofilm in a more healthy direction. Several species that can cause caries such as S. Mutans and Lactobacillus, decrease in prevalence, whereas the more harmless species increase in prevalence.

  4. Oral Roberts:

    “I’m asking you to help extend my life, We’re at the point where God could call Oral Roberts home in March.”

  5. Oscar Auliq-Ice:

    As many cultures use poetry to pass down stories, myths, and oral traditions from one generation to the next. Poetry serves as a cultural repository, preserving the history, values, and traditions of a society.

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