oral

oral 1 *vocal, articulate
Antonyms: written
2 Oral, verbal are often confused in use.
Oral (see also VOCAL 1) implies utterance and speech; it is distinctively applicable to whatever is delivered, communicated, transacted, or carried on directly from one to another by word of mouth
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an oral as opposed to a written confession

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receive oral instructions

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oral teaching of the deaf as distinguished from teaching by signs

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Verbal stresses the use of words and may apply indifferently to what is written or spoken, for it carries no implication of the method of communication
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[verbal difficulties caused by ambiguous or equivocal language

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he often loses himself in little trifling distinctions and verbal niceties— Gray

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The use of verbal as a substitute for oral fails to convey the intended distinction or suggests unintended or irrelevant distinctions or contrasts; thus, one would speak of an oral invitation or oral testimony when spoken is to be implied, because verbal would be ambiguous.

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  • oral — oral, ale, aux [ ɔral, o ] adj. • 1610; du lat. os, oris « bouche » 1 ♦ (Opposé à écrit) Qui se fait, se transmet par la parole. Langue orale et langue écrite. Cours d expression orale. Confession, déposition orale. ⇒ verbal. Littérature,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Oral — puede referirse a: Lo relativo a la oralidad (la voz, lo vocal): Expresión oral Comunicación oral Tradición oral Historia oral Fuente oral Jucio oral (o fase oral del jucio en derecho procesal). Tribunales de Juicio Oral en lo Penal de Chile… …   Wikipedia Español

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  • oral — oral, ale (o ral, ra l ) adj. 1°   Terme d anatomie. Qui a rapport à la bouche. Cavité orale.    Terme de scolastique. Manducation orale, l action matérielle de recevoir l hostie. 2°   Qui est articulé par la bouche, en parlant de lettres et de… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Oral — O ral, a. [L. os, oris, the mouth, akin to Skr. [=a]s. Cf. {Adore}, {Orison}, {Usher}.] 1. Uttered by the mouth, or in words; spoken, not written; verbal; as, oral traditions; oral testimony; oral law. [1913 Webster] 2. Of or pertaining to the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • oral — o‧ral [ˈɔːrəl] adjective spoken, rather than written: • The debtor may attend court to give oral evidence as to his financial situation. * * * oral UK US /ˈɔːrəl/ adjective ► oral agreements, evidence, etc. are in spoken, not written, form: »A… …   Financial and business terms

  • oral — adjetivo 1. Que se expresa con la palabra hablada y no por escrito: literatura oral, examen oral. fuentes orales. literatura* oral. tradición* oral. 2. De la boca o que tiene relación con la boca. por vía* oral. adjetivo,sustantivo femenino 1 …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • oral — I adjective announced, articulated, audible, by word of mouth, communicated, enunciated, expressed, expressed in words, phonic, said, said aloud, sounded, spoken, spoken out loud, told, unwritten, uttered, verbal, vocal, vocalized, voiced… …   Law dictionary


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