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 for verbal
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Verbal \Ver"bal\, a. [F., fr. L. verbalis. See Verb.]
     1. Expressed in words, whether spoken or written, but
        commonly in spoken words; hence, spoken; oral; not
        written; as, a verbal contract; verbal testimony.
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              Made she no verbal question?          --Shak.
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              We subjoin an engraving . . . which will give the
              reader a far better notion of the structure than any
              verbal description could convey to the mind.
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     2. Consisting in, or having to do with, words only; dealing
        with words rather than with the ideas intended to be
        conveyed; as, a verbal critic; a verbal change.
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              And loses, though but verbal, his reward. --Milton.
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              Mere verbal refinements, instead of substantial
              knowledge.                            --Whewell.
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     3. Having word answering to word; word for word; literal; as,
        a verbal translation.
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     4. Abounding with words; verbose. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     5. (Gram.) Of or pertaining to a verb; as, a verbal group;
        derived directly from a verb; as, a verbal noun; used in
        forming verbs; as, a verbal prefix.
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     Verbal inspiration. See under Inspiration.
     Verbal noun (Gram.), a noun derived directly from a verb or
        verb stem; a verbal. The term is specifically applied to
        infinitives, and nouns ending in -ing, esp. to the latter.
        See Gerund, and -ing, 2. See also, Infinitive mood,
        under Infinitive.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Verbal \Ver"bal\, n. (Gram.)
     A noun derived from a verb.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: communicated in the form of words; "verbal imagery"; "a
             verbal protest"
      2: of or relating to or formed from words in general; "verbal
      3: of or relating to or formed from a verb; "verbal adjectives
         like `running' in `hot and cold running water'"
      4: 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" [ant:
         mathematical, numerical]
      5: expressed in spoken words; "a verbal contract"
      6: prolix; "you put me to forget a lady's manners by being so
         verbal"- Shakespeare

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  140 Moby Thesaurus words for "verbal":
     adjectival, adverbial, answering, articulated, attributive,
     authentic, bona fide, candid, card-carrying, colloquial,
     communicating, communicational, communional, conjunctive,
     conversational, copulative, correct, dinkum, enunciated, expressed,
     following the letter, formal, functional, genuine, glossematic,
     good, grammatic, honest, honest-to-God, iconic, inartificial,
     interacting, interactional, interactive, intercommunicational,
     intercommunicative, intercommunional, interresponsive,
     interrogative, interrogatory, intransitive, lawful, legitimate,
     lexemic, lexical, lifelike, lingual, linguistic, linking, literal,
     morphemic, natural, naturalistic, nominal, nuncupative, oral,
     original, parol, participial, phrasal, postpositional,
     prepositional, pronominal, pronounced, pure, questioning, real,
     realistic, responsive, rightful, said, semantic, semantological,
     semasiological, sememic, semiotic, simon-pure, simple, sincere,
     sounded, speech, spoken, sterling, structural, substantive,
     sure-enough, symbolic, syntactic, tagmemic, telepathic,
     traditional, transitive, transmissional, true to life,
     true to nature, true to reality, unadulterated, unaffected,
     unassumed, unassuming, uncolored, unconcocted, uncopied,
     uncounterfeited, undisguised, undisguising, undistorted,
     unexaggerated, unfabricated, unfanciful, unfeigned, unfeigning,
     unfictitious, unflattering, unimagined, unimitated, uninvented,
     unpretended, unpretending, unqualified, unromantic, unsimulated,
     unspecious, unsynthetic, unvarnished, unwritten, uttered, verbatim,
     veridical, verisimilar, viva voce, vocabular, vocabulary, vocal,
     vocalized, voiced, voiceful, word, word-for-word, word-of-mouth

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  VERBAL. Parol; by word of mouth; as verbal agreement; verbal evidence. Not 
  in writing. 

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