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ORAL, VERBAL

"Oral, in the sense of 'in spoken words,' is preferable to verbal, since verbal means 'in words' whether spoken or written."

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Verbal, oral.—"Verbal" means in words, whether spoken or written: e.g. "Unless the lower animals have some substitute for verbal symbols . . . they are incapable of general ideas"

Oral means by word of mouth, spoken: e.g. "Oral evidence cannot be substituted for any instrument which the law requires to be in writing."

We should in strictness speak of an "oral contract" or an "oral message" when we refer to spoken rather than to written words; but "verbal contract" and "verbal message" (with "verbal" used in the sense of "oral") are apparently fixed in the language.

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