[teks-choo-uh l]
  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.

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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Examples from the Web for textually

Historical Examples of textually

  • The result is that some of them are not complete and some may not be textually correct.

  • Possibly parts of his work may be textually derived from the Cyclics, but the topic is very obscure.

    Alfred Tennyson

    Andrew Lang

British Dictionary definitions for textually


  1. of or relating to a text or texts
  2. based on or conforming to a text
Derived Formstextually, adverb
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Word Origin and History for textually



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

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