- Verbal means relating to words or speech.
An example of verbal used as an adjective is a verbal presentation which means a presentation delivered through a speech rather than a PowerPoint show or graphs.
- The definition of a verbal is a word, usually a noun or adjective, that is created from a verb.
An example of a verbal is the word "writing" which is created from the word "write."
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- of, in, or by means of words: a verbal image
- concerned merely with words, as distinguished from facts, ideas, or actions
- in speech; oral rather than written: usage objected to by some: a verbal contract
- Now Rare word for word; verbatim: a verbal translation
- of, or made up of, verbs: a verbal auxiliary
- of, having the nature of, or derived from a verb: a verbal noun
- used to form verbs: -ate is a verbal suffix
Origin: L Middle English from Middle French from Late Latin verbalis, of a word from verbum: see verb
- Gram. a verbal noun or some other word, as an adjective, derived from a verb: in English, gerunds, infinitives, and participles are verbals
- Linguis. a word or word group that occurs in grammatical functions typical of verbs
- verbally adverb
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- Of, relating to, or associated with words: a detailed verbal description.
- a. Concerned with words only rather than with content or ideas: a merely verbal distinction.b. Consisting of words alone without action: a verbal confrontation.
- Expressed in spoken rather than written words; oral: a verbal contract.
- Corresponding word for word; literal: a verbal translation.
- Grammar a. Relating to, having the nature or function of, or derived from a verb.b. Used to form verbs: a verbal suffix.
- Of or relating to proficiency in the use and understanding of words: a verbal aptitude test.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin verbālis, from Latin verbum, word; see verb.
- verˈbal·ly adverb