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Synonyms for oral
ˈɔr əl, ˈoʊr-

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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 Antonyms

  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 Antonyms

  1. oral

    unwritten, traditional, vocal, spoken, verbal

    written, documentary

Princeton's WordNet

  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 Synonymes

  1. oraladjective

    spoken, verbal, nuncupative, parole, not written

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. oraladjective

    spoken, verbal, parole, vocal, nuncupative

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "oral":

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

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How to use oral in a sentence?

  1. Valerie Beral:

    The strong protective effect of oral contraceptives against endometrial cancer - which persists for decades after stopping the pill - means that women who use it when they are in their 20s or even younger continue to benefit into their 50s and older, when cancer becomes more common, previous research has shown that the pill also protects against ovarian cancer. People used to worry that the pill might cause cancer, but in the long term the pill reduces the risk of getting cancer.

  2. Rita Linkner:

    Oral vitamin A basically shuts down your sebaceous glands. If you suppress [them] for a long enough period, you can cure someone of their acne, and about 50 percent do hit that cure rate.

  3. Peter Daszak:

    We also carry out oral and faecal swabs and gather droppings.

  4. Kevin Byrd:

    This new atlas provided us a way to analyze 50 oral cell types at once for the common front doors the virus uses to enter cells for infection.

  5. Mayyu Ali:

    There are a million Rohingya, each of us has an oral history, each one of us has trauma. I want a new generation to write for themselves.

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