tex·​tu·​al | \ ˈteks-chə-wəl How to pronounce textual (audio) , -chəl \

Definition of textual

: of, relating to, or based on a text

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Other Words from textual

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.

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Recent Examples on the Web Biochar has the ability to adsorb—the process of holding tiny particles (adsorbates) on the surface of larger solid materials (adsorbents)—pollutants and organic substances present in water because of its carbon-rich particles and textual features. Amin Mirkouei, Forbes, 28 June 2021 Readers who know their Neruda will contend that only one textual addition—which deals plainspokenly with the homosexuality of the Spanish poet Federico García Lorca—truly adds value. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, 25 June 2021 An ordained Taoist priest, Professor Schipper combined firsthand knowledge of rural religious life with deep textual study of classical Chinese. New York Times, 4 Apr. 2021 But instead of heaping scorn on these reports, savvy investors should embrace this admittedly waffly textual information as a potential gold mine that can finally be mined with modern technology . . . Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 9 June 2021 Through close textual analysis, Parry settled the debate in favor of the latter. Adam Kirsch, The New Yorker, 7 June 2021 If that list of current officers is not exhaustive, there is no textual limit. Jason Lee Steorts, National Review, 15 May 2021 And space like a reading room brings scholars together to think and act with each other and with our textual histories. Aarian Marshall, Quartz, 20 Apr. 2021 Such discussions about the textual sources of the Sharia are important, but there is an even more important layer that lies beneath. Mustafa Akyol, WSJ, 15 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of textual

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for textual

Middle English textuel, from Medieval Latin textus text

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The first known use of textual was in the 15th century

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8 Jul 2021

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“Textual.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/textual. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of textual

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

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