[ teks-choo-uhl ]


  1. of or relating to a text:

    textual errors.

  2. based on or conforming to the text, as of the Scriptures:

    a textual interpretation of the Bible.


/ ˈtɛkstjʊəl /


  1. of or relating to a text or texts
  2. based on or conforming to a text

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Derived Forms

  • ˈtextually, adverb

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Other Words From

  • textu·al·ly adverb
  • inter·textu·al adjective
  • inter·textu·al·ly adverb
  • non·textu·al adjective
  • non·textu·al·ly adverb
  • un·textu·al adjective
  • un·textu·al·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of textual1

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin textu ( s ) ( text ) + -al 1; replacing Middle English textuel < Middle French < Medieval Latin, as above

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Example Sentences

Only the validation of history could legitimate the enforcement of a non-textual constitutional right like the right of privacy.

From Time

The new blood rightly viewed this amorphous and anti-textual concept with great suspicion.

From Time

Rich results can include carousels, images, reviews, stars, drop down and other non-textual elements in the search results page.

It has the ability to understand and bring solutions based not just on textual content but also an interpretation of images, videos, and podcasts in a way that was never possible before.

In the end, The Woman in the Window’s lessons are more meta than textual.

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All to see what kind of textual support might emerge, to endorse a reading of this dream.

She talks punk, textual pleasure, Iceland, and her new book, The Faraway Nearby, with Lauren Elkin.

They wink at Fitzgerald worshipers primed to hate any textual liberties.

With bold authority and assertion, Calderon drew on the Jewish textual tradition in order to do—what?

One textual arrow might seem to point in a different direction.

There is considerable difficulty in the sixteenth verse, partly dogmatic, partly textual.

This long passage has a good many difficulties of detail, for the grammarian and the textual critic.

This passage abounds with grammatical and textual difficulties, but the general import and the purpose of it are plain.

Still, I find myself in agreement with him on some four or five points of textual coincidence in the two authors.

This is insipid and flat to the last degree: textual and psychological considerations combine to support the Revisers text.


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text-to-speechtextual criticism