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 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 Through meta-textual moments and manipulations, Peck creates his own counterbalance to the dominant Western version of history, forcing viewers to think about the narratives, both popular and academic, they’ve been fed all their lives. New York Times, 5 Apr. 2021 As textual analysis of books shows, at different times authors have worried about different problems linked to work. The Economist, 1 Apr. 2021 One solution is to make a textual representation of the graphical flow available to users as clean, readable code. Asanka Abeysinghe, Forbes, 11 Mar. 2021 If the textual equivalent of the audio is not accessible, then simple things like finding the right podcast, audio or section of audio as a listener, advertiser or publisher can quickly become difficult. Jonathan Gill, Forbes, 5 Mar. 2021 Strata works through this kind of imaginative layering, historical and modern, textual and visual. Jenny Uglow, The New York Review of Books, 23 Feb. 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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2 Jun 2021

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“Textual.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/textual. Accessed 13 Jun. 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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