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viva voce

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adverb vi·va vo·ce \ˌvī-və-ˈvō-(ˌ)sē or ˌvē-və-ˈvō-(ˌ)chā\

Definition of viva voce

  1. :  by word of mouth :  orally



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Viva voce derives from Medieval Latin, where it translates literally as "with the living voice." In English it occurs in contexts, such as voting, in which something is done aloud for all to hear. Votes in Congress, for example, are done viva voce - members announce their votes by calling out "yea" or "nay." While the phrase was first used in English as an adverb in the 16th century, it can also appear as an adjective (as in "a viva voce examination") or a noun (where it refers to an examination conducted orally).

Origin of viva voce

Medieval Latin, with the living voice


First Known Use: 1563


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viva voce

adjective vi·va vo·ce

Simple Definition of viva voce

  • : spoken rather than written

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of viva voce

  1. :  expressed or conducted by word of mouth

Examples of viva voce in a sentence

  1. <the students are required to write two papers and take a viva voce examination>



1654

First Known Use of viva voce

1654


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viva voce

noun vi·va vo·ce

Simple Definition of viva voce

  • : an oral examination given at a British university

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of viva voce

  1. :  an examination conducted viva voce —called also viva

1842

First Known Use of viva voce

1842


Law Dictionary

viva voce

adverb or adjective vi·va vo·ce \ˌvī-və-ˈvō-sē, ˌvē-və-ˈvō-ˌchā\

Legal Definition of viva voce

  1. :  through speech :  by word of mouth <testify viva voce>



Origin of viva voce

Medieval Latin, literally, by living voice


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