- of or relating to the earliest phase of infantile psychosexual development, lasting from birth to one year of age or longer, during which pleasure is obtained from eating, sucking, and biting.
- of or relating to the sublimation of feelings experienced during the oral stage of childhood: oral anxiety.
- of or relating to gratification by stimulation of the lips or membranes of the mouth, as in sucking, eating, or talking
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Origin of oral
words often confused with oral
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Example sentences from the Web for oral
For example, A orally promises to work for B as sales agent for three years.
However, since this is not a screens-down inquiry, I'll give you—orally, at least—the benefit of the doubt.The Galaxy Primes|Edward Elmer Smith
He instructed them orally five hours a day, till they were eager for astronomy, history, and biography.Lives of Poor Boys Who Became Famous|Sarah K. Bolton
He gave me a written statement saying something along the line of what I have said he mentioned to me orally.Warren Commission (5 of 26): Hearings Vol. V (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
You may remember that the same cause, as I explained to you orally, prevented my delivering them to you in person.Military Reminiscences of the Civil War V2|Jacob Dolson Cox