1 adj You use verbal to indicate that something is expressed in speech rather than in writing or action.
usu ADJ n
They were jostled and subjected to a torrent of verbal abuse..., We have a verbal agreement with her...
Teachers were threatened with kitchen knives, physically assaulted and verbally abused...
2 adj You use verbal to indicate that something is connected with words and the use of words.
The test has scores for verbal skills, mathematical skills, and abstract reasoning skills...
3 adj In grammar, verbal means relating to a verb. usu ADJ n ...a verbal noun.
non-verbal , nonverbal
Non-verbal communication consists of things such as the expression on your face, your arm movements, or your tone of voice, which show how you feel about something without using words. adj usu ADJ n (Antonym: verbal)
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