word·​ing ˈwər-diŋ How to pronounce wording (audio)
: the act or manner of expressing in words : phraseology

Examples of wording in a Sentence

What's the exact wording of the agreement? it's important to get the wording of this law precisely correct
Recent Examples on the Web Schools Over Stadiums, the political action group formed by a teachers’ union in Nevada, has an afternoon court date to finalize the wording on their petition to stop at least part of the $380 million in public funding from going towards the A’s new ballpark. Jason Mastrodonato, The Mercury News, 6 Apr. 2024 Opponents say the wording of the changes is poorly thought out and could have unintended consequences – an argument that appeared to gain traction in the final days of the campaign. Michael Kealy and Jill Lawless, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Mar. 2024 Many equated the dynamic pricing wording with the surge pricing model of Uber and Lyft, which hike prices (often considerably) during times of high demand. Chris Morris, Fortune, 28 Mar. 2024 Although the waiting period regulation was meant to establish informed consent for sterilization, the wording of the consent form has introduced confusion rather than empowering people to make informed decisions. Amanda Masse and Nadi Nina Kaonga, STAT, 26 Mar. 2024 Corley filed a slew of proposals in August, which are tied up in similar legal battles with statewide officials over the wording and cost of the measures. Kacen Bayless, Kansas City Star, 22 Mar. 2024 The vague wording of some of the legislation has raised questions among legal scholars. David Pierson, New York Times, 19 Mar. 2024 The wording of the treaty creates a unique and artfully crafted holding pattern. Elizabeth Buchanan, Foreign Affairs, 18 Mar. 2024 The Federal Aviation Administration sets out the basic requirements for every safety briefing, though airlines can tweak the exact wording and how the information is delivered. Zach Wichter, USA TODAY, 29 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1649, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wording was in 1649

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“Wording.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wording. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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word·​ing ˈwərd-iŋ How to pronounce wording (audio)
: the way in which something is put into words

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