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adverbial

[ad-vur-bee-uh l]
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or used as an adverb.
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noun
  1. a word or phrase functioning as an adverb.
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Origin of adverbial

1605–15; < Latin adverbi(um) adverb + -al1; compare Late Latin adverbiālis
Related formsad·ver·bi·al·ly, adverbnon·ad·ver·bi·al, adjectivenon·ad·ver·bi·al·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for adverbial

Historical Examples

  • The adverbial adjective "needlessly" explains the broad distinction.

    Shoulder-Straps

    Henry Morford

  • The adverbial sense to be wholly transferred to the cognate word.

    The Verbalist

    Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)

  • It has, perhaps, its origin in the adverbial character of that gender.

  • When it is used in this manner, it loses its adverbial force.

    Plain English

    Marian Wharton

  • Other examples are rare, and I have not found any instance of an adverbial use.

    Narcissus

    Unknown


British Dictionary definitions for adverbial

adverbial

noun
  1. a word or group of words playing the grammatical role of an adverb, such as in the rain in the sentence I'm singing in the rain
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adjective
  1. of or relating to an adverb or adverbial
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Derived Formsadverbially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for adverbial

adj.

1610s, "pertaining to adverbs;" earlier it meant "fond of using adverbs" (1590s), from Late Latin adverbialis, from adverbium (see adverb). Related: Adverbially (mid-15c.).

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