oral vs verbal :

oral or verbal

Some people insist that “verbal” refers to anything expressed in words, whether written or spoken, while “oral” refers exclusively to speech; but in common usage “verbal” has become widely accepted for the latter meaning. However, in legal contexts, an unwritten agreement is still an “oral contract,” not a “verbal contract.”

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  • n  an examination conducted by spoken communication
  • s  using speech rather than writing
    an oral tradition
    an oral agreement
  • a  of or relating to or affecting or for use in the mouth
    oral hygiene
    an oral thermometer
    an oral vaccine
  • a  of or involving the mouth or mouth region or the surface on which the mouth is located
    the oral cavity
    the oral mucous membrane
    the oral surface of a starfish
  • a  a stage in psychosexual development when the child's interest is concentrated in the mouth; fixation at this stage is said to result in dependence, selfishness, and aggression

  • s  communicated in the form of words
    verbal imagery
    a verbal protest
  • a  of or relating to or formed from words in general
    verbal ability
  • a  of or relating to or formed from a verb
    verbal adjectives like `running' in `hot and cold running water'
  • a  relating to or having facility in the use of words
    a good poet is a verbal artist
    a merely verbal writer who sacrifices content to sound
    verbal aptitude
  • s  expressed in spoken words
    a verbal contract
  • s  prolix
    you put me to forget a lady's manners by being so verbal"- Shakespeare
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