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.

Examples of textual in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the one hand, the decisions of the current court could be seen as chipping away at the wall of separation – an extra-textual First Amendment metaphor that often makes religious conservatives bristle. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, "Religious liberty’s big week at the Supreme Court," 10 July 2020 Davis contacted Trevor Plante, director of the archive's textual records division, to see if the original order was part of the National Archives' holdings. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "The National Archives has unearthed the original handwritten Juneteenth order," 19 June 2020 Legal scholars and jurists on the right typically read federal and state laws through the lens of textualism, a method of interpretation where statutes are understood by their textual meaning and not by the intent or wishes of their drafters. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Neil Gorsuch Just Upended the Conservative Legal Project," 15 June 2020 On the other was Daniel Wallace, a conservative scholar at Dallas Theological Seminary who believes that careful textual analysis can surface the New Testament’s divinely inspired first draft. Ariel Sabar, The Atlantic, "A Mystery at Oxford," 13 May 2020 Warnings have textual statements w/ photo-realistic color images depicting some of the lesser-known, but serious health risks of cigarette smoking. Erik Larson, Bloomberg.com, "Philip Morris Sues FDA Over Plans for Graphic Warning Labels," 17 Mar. 2020 But for all its formal interplay and textual shifts, the novel is also, somehow, a cohesive, thoroughly absorbing read. Washington Post, "Alexandra Chang’s ‘Days of Distraction’ experiments with form to reveal the complexities of modern life," 27 Mar. 2020 People who couldn’t travel all the way to Egypt would no longer have to imagine the scene from sketches and textual descriptions. Jimmy Maher, Ars Technica, "How alternative Egyptology and scientific archaeology were born on the Giza Plateau," 15 Mar. 2020 His process involves a series of sketches, long textual excursuses and model-making with his team. Nikil Saval, New York Times, "The Architect Making Conceptual Art Out of Buildings," 2 Mar. 2020

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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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19 Jul 2020

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“Textual.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/textual. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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