Simple Definition of verbal
: relating to or consisting of words
: spoken rather than written
: relating to or formed from a verb
Full Definition of verbal
1 a : of, relating to, or consisting of words <verbal instructions> b : of, relating to, or involving words rather than meaning or substance <a consistency that is merely verbal and scholastic — B. N. Cardozo> c : consisting of or using words only and not involving action <verbal abuse>
2 : of, relating to, or formed from a verb <a verbal adjective>
3 : spoken rather than written <a verbal contract>
5 : of or relating to facility in the use and comprehension of words <verbal aptitude>
Examples of verbal
He scored well on the verbal section of the test.
They had a verbal exchange.
a verbal agreement to finish the work
We gave only verbal instructions.
Origin of verbal
Middle English verbale, from Late Latin verbalis, from Latin verbum word
First Known Use: 15th century
First Known Use of verbal
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