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[frey-zuh l]
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  1. of, consisting of, or of the nature of a phrase or phrases: phrasal construction.
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Origin of phrasal

First recorded in 1870–75; phrase + -al1
Related formsphras·al·ly, adverb
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Related Words for phrasal

rhetorical, unwritten, exact, literal, oral, said, stated, verbatim, expressed, lexical, lingual, phrasal, told

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Historical Examples of phrasal

  • Instances rare in wisdom and phrasal conciseness are to be encountered on every other page of Beaumont.

    Francis Beaumont: Dramatist

    Charles Mills Gayley

British Dictionary definitions for phrasal


  1. of, relating to, or composed of phrases
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Derived Formsphrasally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for phrasal


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

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