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viva voce

[ vahy-vuh-voh-see, vee-vuh ]
/ ˈvaɪ və ˈvoʊ si, ˈvi və /
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adverb
by word of mouth; orally.
noun
Also viva. (in British and European universities) the oral part of an examination.
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Origin of viva voce

First recorded in 1555–65; from Medieval Latin vīvā vōce “with living voice,” Latin, ablative of vīva vōx

OTHER WORDS FROM viva voce

viva-voce, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for viva voce

viva voce
/ (ˈvaɪvə ˈvəʊtʃɪ) /

adverb, adjective
by word of mouth
noun, verb
the full form of viva 2

Word Origin for viva voce

C16: from Medieval Latin, literally: with living voice
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