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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR VERBAL

Callers can leave a verbal message in the phonograph instead of a note.

The Crucifixion.marvellous picture by an effort at a verbal account of it.

None, sir—I came off at a moment's warning—my message is verbal.

But no riot or verbal explosion followed the opening of the door.

It was wrong to trust any one with a verbal message in the cabinet of a fox.

If he be ill and cannot write, tell him that he may trust you with a verbal answer.

"Better not, mamma; a verbal 'happy to see Sir Harvey,' safer," was the answer.

This statement is not so much of a verbal exaggeration as may be supposed.

Both these men were amenable to the influence of verbal suggestions.

Under patrol of verbal promise the prisoner was permitted to attend the burial.

WORD ORIGIN

late 15c., "dealing with words" (especially in contrast to things or realities), from Latin verbalis "consisting of words, relating to verbs," from verbum "word" (see verb). Verbal conditioning is recorded from 1954. Colloquial verbal diarrhea is recorded from 1823.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR VERBAL

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