communicated in the form of words
"verbal imagery"; "a verbal protest"
of or relating to or formed from words in general
of or relating to or formed from a verb
"verbal adjectives like `running' in `hot and cold running water'"
relating to or having facility in the use of words
"a good poet is a verbal artist"; "a merely verbal writer who sacrifices content to sound"; "verbal aptitude"
expressed in spoken words
"a verbal contract"
"you put me to forget a lady's manners by being so verbal"- Shakespeare
Of, or relating to words.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
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.
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How to use verbal in a sentence?
All really great lovers are articulate, and verbal seduction is the surest road to actual seduction.
The investigation revealed that the accused and his wife were involved in a verbal altercation which escalated physically, the wife was able to contact police; however, before officers could arrive, she was allegedly shot and killed by the accused.
We should also criminalize the act of marital rape just like the law now criminalizes beating, harm or verbal threats.
I went from being disturbed by the initial verbal explanation that had been given to me to (being) really very troubled, it was really very disturbing that students associated with one of our programs would engage in that kind of behavior.
A struggle ensued after officers gave verbal commands to the suspect to show his hands and he didn't comply.
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- verbalCatalan, Valencian
- verbal, mündlich, wörtlichGerman
- προφορικός, λεκτικός, ρηματικόςGreek
- oral, verbalFrench
- verbale, deverbaleItalian
- глаголски, изречен, зборовен, усмен, устенMacedonian
- mondeling, verbaal, werkwoordelijk, letterlijkDutch
- czasownikowy, słowny, ustny, werbalny, odczasownikowyPolish
- verbal, oralRomanian
- вербальный, отглагольный, речевой, глагольный, словесный, устныйRussian
- värbik, vödikVolapük
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