textual

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adjective tex·tu·al \ˈteks-chə-wəl, -chəl\

Definition of textual

  1. :  of, relating to, or based on a text

textuality

\ˌteks-chə-ˈwa-lə-tē\ noun

textually

adverb

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Before the invention of the printing press, books were produced by hand. When the text of a book is copied this way, textual errors can creep in, and a text that's been copied again and again can contain many such errors. By comparing different copies of a work, textual critics try to figure out where the copyists went wrong and restore the text to its original form so that modern readers can again enjoy the correct versions of ancient texts. When a class performs textual analysis of a poem, however, they are looking closely at its individual words and phrases in an effort to determine the poem's meanings.

Origin and Etymology of textual

Middle English textuel, from Medieval Latin textus text


TEXTUAL Defined for English Language Learners

textual

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Definition of textual for English Language Learners

  • : relating to or based on a piece of writing (such as a book or magazine)


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