Origin of viva voceML, with living voice, ablative feminine of Classical Latin vivus, living + ablative of vox, voice
- The definition of viva voce is said by word of mouth.
An example of viva voce used as an adjective is in the phrase "viva voce story" which means a story that was told by mouth.
- Viva voce is defined as by word of mouth.
An example of viva voce used as an adverb is in the phrase "told viva voce" which means told by mouth and not by writing, music, etc.
Origin of viva voceMedieval Latin vīvā vōce with the living voice Latin vīvā feminine ablative sing. of vīvus living Latin vōce ablative of vōx voice
From Latin vÄ«vÄ (“living") and vÅce (“voice") (ablative of vÅx).