verbally

[ vur-buh-lee ]
/ ˈvɜr bə li /

adverb

using spoken words rather than written words; orally: The committee verbally OK’d the park renewal plan.
by the use of words, rather than by physical means: Pain inflicted verbally can leave deep, invisible scars.
Grammar. with the function of a verb: When used verbally, the term ‘bird-dog’ is hyphenated.

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Origin of verbally

First recorded in 1570–70; verbal + -ly

OTHER WORDS FROM verbally

non·ver·bal·ly, adverb
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