- 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 nonverbal
The majority of the school-aged students are nonverbal and not fully ambulatory.Magical Gardens for the Blind, Deaf, and Disabled
October 22, 2014
And how could an accused person prove affirmative consent, especially of the nonverbal variety?Harvard Liberals Hate New Campus Sex Laws
October 19, 2014
“Some studies say that nonverbal communication is 90 percent of communication,” said Venture.Japan's Robots Are Reading Your Emotions
Angela Erika Kubo, Jake Adelstein
August 6, 2014
Her fourth born child, Brian, was diagnosed with nonverbal autism, but she refused to consign him to an institution.Remembering Ma Laureys, the Mother of 10 Christie Slandered to Win His First Election
January 23, 2014
He is also author of The Nonverbal Dictionary, an influential volume in the field.Christie’s Body Language Suggests He Didn’t Believe What He Said
January 10, 2014
History remains a strict discipline only when it stops short, in its description, of the nonverbal past.The Civilization of Illiteracy
- not spokenthe nonverbal signals of body movement
- 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 nonverbal
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.