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phrasal

[frey-zuh l] /ˈfreɪ zəl/
adjective
1.
of, consisting of, or of the nature of a phrase or phrases:
phrasal construction.
Origin of phrasal
1870-1875
First recorded in 1870-75; phrase + -al1
Related forms
phrasally, adverb
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  • Instances rare in wisdom and phrasal conciseness are to be encountered on every other page of Beaumont.

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British Dictionary definitions for phrasal

phrasal

/ˈfreɪzəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or composed of phrases
Derived Forms
phrasally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for phrasal
adj.

1871, from phrase (v.) + -al (1). Related: Phrasally.

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