verbal


1ver·bal

adjective \ˈvər-bəl\

: 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>
4
:  verbatim, word-for-word <a verbal translation>
5
:  of or relating to facility in the use and comprehension of words <verbal aptitude>
ver·bal·ly \-bə-lē\ adverb

Examples of VERBAL

  1. He scored well on the verbal section of the test.
  2. They had a verbal exchange.
  3. a verbal agreement to finish the work
  4. We gave only verbal instructions.

Origin of VERBAL

Middle English verbale, from Late Latin verbalis, from Latin verbum word
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile

Rhymes with VERBAL

2verbal

noun

Definition of VERBAL

:  a word that combines characteristics of a verb with those of a noun or adjective — compare gerund, infinitive, participle

First Known Use of VERBAL

1530

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile

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