- of or relating to words: verbal ability.
- consisting of or in the form of words: verbal imagery.
- expressed in spoken words; oral rather than written: verbal communication; verbal agreement.
- consisting of or expressed in words (as opposed to actions): a verbal protest.
- pertaining to or concerned with words only (as opposed to ideas, facts, or realities): a purely verbal distinction between two concepts.
- corresponding word for word; verbatim: a verbal translation.
- using words: verbal facility.
- based on the use of words (as opposed to other activity): a verbal score in a test; verbal IQ.
- Grammar. a word, particularly a noun or adjective, derived from a verb.
Origin of verbal
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Examples from the Web for non-verbal
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She could be entirely socially withdrawn, non-verbal, and exhibit aggressive behavior.Twisted Anti-Vaxxer Parents Choose Fatal Diseases Over Autism
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The growth of non-verbal modes of human expression, communication, and interaction introduces elements of mediation.
Although design contains elements ensuing from experiences involving language, design is essentially a non-verbal human activity.
Various tags are used to name them under the heading of parapsychology, magic, and non-verbal communication.
Adam Kendon, among others, thought that non-verbal communication captures only a small part of the face-to-face situation.
Non-Verbal Fallacies, or Fallacies in thought, are a more important division.Logic, Inductive and Deductive
- of, relating to, or using words, esp as opposed to ideas, etcmerely verbal concessions
- oral rather than writtena verbal agreement
- verbatim; literalan almost verbal copy
- grammar of or relating to verbs or a verb
- grammar another word for verbid
- (plural) slang abuse or invectivenew forms of on-field verbals
- (plural) slang a criminal's admission of guilt on arrest
- slang (of the police) to implicate (someone) in a crime by quoting alleged admission of guilt in court
Word Origin and History for non-verbal
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.