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[aw-ral-i-tee, oh-ral-]
noun Psychoanalysis.
  1. the condition or quality of being oral; collectively, the personality traits characteristic of the oral phase of psychosexual development.
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Origin of orality

First recorded in 1660–70; oral + -ity
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Examples from the Web for orality

Historical Examples of orality

  • In orality, things people refer to are closer to the words they use.

    The Civilization of Illiteracy

    Mihai Nadin

  • In orality, the experience pertinent to the word is shared in its entirety.

  • After the phase of orality, writing served both of them equally.

  • Within the broader Chinese culture, every effort was made to preserve characteristics of orality.

  • This experience eventually settled and became more uniform through the means and constraints of orality.

British Dictionary definitions for orality


  1. the quality of being oral
  2. a tendency to favour the spoken rather than the written form of language
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orality in Medicine


  1. The psychic organization derived from and characteristic of the oral stage of psychosexual development.
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