scribal

adjective
scrib·​al | \ ˈskrī-bəl How to pronounce scribal (audio) \

Definition of scribal

: of, relating to, or due to a scribe

Examples of scribal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a scribal culture, maintaining some measure of control over ideas and their dissemination was straightforward. Cullen Murphy, The Atlantic, "Our Predictions About the Internet Are Probably Wrong," 10 Dec. 2019 This involved faithfully copying the Middle English text from the medieval manuscript, then editing that text for a modern reader, such as adding modern punctuation and correcting scribal errors. Erin Connelly, Smithsonian, "Medieval Medical Books Could Hold the Recipe for New Antibiotics," 19 Apr. 2017 This involved faithfully copying the Middle English text from the medieval manuscript, then editing that text for a modern reader, such as adding modern punctuation and correcting scribal errors. Erin Connelly, Smithsonian, "Medieval Medical Books Could Hold the Recipe for New Antibiotics," 19 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of scribal

1693, in the meaning defined above

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“Scribal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scribal. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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