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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Over time, rivaltechnologies that conduct the same kind of textual analysis may reach identicalconclusions about individual stocks—limiting any trading edge the technologyprovides. Fortune, "Investors Seek an Edge By Using Technology That Reads Between the Lines," 21 July 2019 Herodotus’ writings represent the earliest textual evidence of cannabis’ use as a mind-altering substance. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "The First Evidence of Smoking Pot Was Found in a 2,500-Year-Old Pot," 13 June 2019 National Archives Military Records The National Archives’ Military Records page offers an abundance of textual records related to World War II and D-Day. Emilia Benton, Houston Chronicle, "KEEPING MEMORIES ALIVE," 9 June 2019 This new knowledge calls for a new kind of close textual reading. Nathaniel Rich, Harper's magazine, "Ruina Mundi," 10 May 2019 Throughout the 18th and most of the 19th centuries, most hymnbooks were exclusively textual: little books of poems, in essence. Barton Swaim, WSJ, "‘The Hymnal’ Review: How to Make a Joyful Noise," 23 Dec. 2018 Baritone Ambrogio Maestri was immensely touching as Michonnet, the old stage manager who hopelessly loves Adriana and tries to protect her, and his textual clarity in the conversational passages was exemplary. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Adriana Lecouvreur’ Review: More Than a Diva Showcase," 3 Jan. 2019 Furman said there were indications the Census Bureau had deviated significantly from standard operating procedures and Ross’s stated justification was pre-textual. Larry Neumeister, The Seattle Times, "Judge won’t delay census citizenship question trial," 26 Oct. 2018 Visual content was trumping textual content, and what was out there was oftentimes commercial and brand focused. Mark Holgate, Vogue, "Elise By Olsen's New Magazine Wallet Is A Different Kind of Handheld Revolution," 6 June 2018

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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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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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