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[teks-choo-uh l] /ˈtɛks tʃu əl/
of or relating to a text:
textual errors.
based on or conforming to the text, as of the Scriptures:
a textual interpretation of the Bible.
1350-1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin textu(s) (see text) + -al1; replacing Middle English textuel < Middle French < Medieval Latin, as above
Related forms
textually, adverb
intertextual, adjective
intertextually, adverb
nontextual, adjective
nontextually, adverb
untextual, adjective
untextually, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for textual
  • It was not superficial in any way and it was atmospheric on a textual level.
  • The over-all effect is jittery, the textual equivalent of a film shot with a handheld camera.
  • But every candidate's file contains a number of textual clues.
  • He was committed to lo-fi-the lowest reasonable common denominator of textual presentation.
  • There's a fair amount of textual evidence for marriages across linguistic boundaries in the post-Roman world, as well.
  • Having developed a storytelling chat bot that learns from visual, textual and scanned input for my postgraduate degree.
  • Text and textual interfaces are incredibly resilient and powerful.
  • Other changes, interpretive and textual, were made as well.
  • To them, textual criticism seemed mere pedantry and useless labour.
British Dictionary definitions for textual


of or relating to a text or texts
based on or conforming to a text
Derived Forms
textually, adverb
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Word Origin and History for textual

late 14c., from Latin textus (see text) + -al (1). Related: Textually.

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