[teks-choo-uh l]


of or relating to a text: textual errors.
based on or conforming to the text, as of the Scriptures: a textual interpretation of the Bible.

Origin of textual

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin textu(s) (see text) + -al1; replacing Middle English textuel < Middle French < Medieval Latin, as above
Related formstex·tu·al·ly, adverbin·ter·tex·tu·al, adjectivein·ter·tex·tu·al·ly, adverbnon·tex·tu·al, adjectivenon·tex·tu·al·ly, adverbun·tex·tu·al, adjectiveun·tex·tu·al·ly, adverb
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of or relating to a text or texts
based on or conforming to a text
Derived Formstextually, adverb
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Word Origin and History for textual

late 14c., from Latin textus (see text) + -al (1). Related: Textually.

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