tex·​tu·​al | \ˈteks-chə-wəl, -chəl\

Definition of textual 

: of, relating to, or based on a text

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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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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 Examine biblical texts considering a variety of textual elements. Supriya Sridhar, The Courier-Journal, "State ed board approves Bible literacy standards for public schools," 6 June 2018 The third part is the physical part of the show, which maniupulates the body as the foundational textual source. Kt Hawbaker, chicagotribune.com, "Physical Fest Chicago returns for 5th year of high jinks, with local performers to an Edinburgh Fringe star," 27 May 2018 There is a notable amount of talk in the book about metaphors; so much so that trips start to feel like textual events as much as physical ones. John Williams, New York Times, "A Strait-Laced Writer Explores Psychedelics, and Leaves the Door of Perception Ajar," 14 May 2018 Overlapping dialogue, as in a Robert Altman film, translates a textual quirk of Danler's novel — little poems composed of overheard conversation — suitably to the screen. Robert Lloyd, latimes.com, "In ‘Sweetbitter,’ Starz serves up a saucy, if not spicy restaurant comedy," 4 May 2018 Indeed, what's impressive about the revival is how clearly the characters cut through the fog of extra-textual controversy. Robert Lloyd, latimes.com, "'Roseanne' riles everyone up: Just like old times," 6 Apr. 2018 Most fake news now is textual, with some photo hacking thrown in. Antonio García Martínez, WIRED, "The Blockchain Solution to Our Deepfake Problems," 26 Mar. 2018 How does Facebook collect and store textual sentiment analysis of people’s posts and comments? Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "What Congress Should Ask Mark Zuckerberg," 28 Mar. 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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The first known use of textual was in the 15th century

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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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obstinately defiant of authority

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