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adverbial

[ad-vur-bee-uh l] /ædˈvɜr bi əl/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or used as an adverb.
noun
2.
a word or phrase functioning as an adverb.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Latin adverbi(um) adverb + -al1; compare Late Latin adverbiālis
Related forms
adverbially, adverb
nonadverbial, adjective
nonadverbially, adverb
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Examples from the web for adverbial
  • Misplacing prepositional phrases and other adverbial elements can also create awkwardness or confusion.
  • Encourage them to use adverbial clauses beginning with because to provide reasons for their preferences.
  • They also differed in some of the types of adverbial clauses found in text.
  • Adults tend to use more adverbial and complement constructions at the cost of coordinating devices.
  • They also had significantly more errors in selecting the appropriate time adverbial on the basis of tense.
  • May still have difficulty with the use of facial expression in complex sentences and adverbial non-manual markers.
British Dictionary definitions for adverbial

adverbial

/ædˈvɜːbɪəl/
noun
1.
a word or group of words playing the grammatical role of an adverb, such as in the rain in the sentence I'm singing in the rain
adjective
2.
of or relating to an adverb or adverbial
Derived Forms
adverbially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for adverbial
adj.

1610s, "pertaining to adverbs;" earlier it meant "fond of using adverbs" (1590s), from Late Latin adverbialis, from adverbium (see adverb). Related: Adverbially (mid-15c.).

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