oral·​ism | \ˈȯr-ə-ˌli-zəm, ˈär-\

Definition of oralism 

: advocacy or use of the oral method of teaching the deaf

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oralist \ˈȯr-​ə-​list, ˈär-​ \ noun

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And though oralism triumphed nationally, sign language won out as the preferred method of communication at Gallaudet. Matthew Davis, The Atlantic, "'America's Deaf Team' Tackles Identity Politics," 10 May 2017

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1883, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of oralism was in 1883

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oral·​ism | \ˈōr-ə-ˌliz-əm, ˈȯr-, ˈär- \

Medical Definition of oralism 

: advocacy or use of the oral method of teaching the deaf

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