- 1By word of mouth; spoken rather than written: they had reached an oral agreementMore example sentences
- They rely on oral interviews rather than written ones.
- It focuses on oral communication rather than written communication, which is vital in communities where there are many people who are not literate.
- As Ruby and Brown point out in, military records often differed from Spokane versions, which generally assumed an oral, rather than written, form.
- 1.1Relating to the transmission of information or literature by word of mouth rather than in writing: oral literatureMore example sentences
- Folk literature from the oral tradition to the printed word encompasses four major types: legends, myths, fables, and fairy tales.
- Like the slaves, immersed from birth in an oral tradition, she sings the recipe to retain the words.
- We often therefore speak of oral traditions, but the most important element in an oral tradition is not so much the spoken word as it is human memory.
- 1.2(Of a society) not having reached the stage of literacy.More example sentences
- Indeed, the effect of the Internet on a largely oral society like Sierra Leone will be profound.
- It is unfortunate that Inuit are an oral society, because this great knowledge is not being recognized or understood.
- We face problems when our ingrained literacy is brought to oral cultures.
- 2Of or relating to the mouth: oral hygieneMore example sentences
- Maintenance of good oral hygiene and dental care are important.
- The chronic exposure to silver compounds both in medical and industrial settings can lead to permanent bluish-black discoloration of oral and nasopharyngeal mucosa.
- Sites involved include the oral cavity, anus, and genital mucosa.
- 2.1Done or taken by the mouth: oral contraceptivesMore example sentences
- Any woman who had ever been pregnant, had a positive pregnancy test, or used estrogen replacement therapy or oral contraceptives was excluded from the study.
- Should oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy be discontinued before surgery?
- There has been little input from the clinicians who prescribe oral contraceptives or from the women who use them.
- 2.3 Psychoanalysis (In Freudian theory) relating to or denoting a stage of infantile psychosexual development in which the mouth is the main source of pleasure and the center of experience.More example sentences
- But the research evidence linking actual deprivation with the later development of oral behaviour or character is weak.
- This behavior ties directly into the oral fixation theories.
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- A spoken examination or test: he was preparing for his orals a French oralMore example sentences
- Exam students should do their orals and practical exams for a week at Easter or just before the written exams in June instead.
- She tests us on her weekly columns, gives sudden projects and papers and orals due the next day, and asks impossible things.
- I had my orals yesterday and just finished my History exam a while ago.
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- This is a story which works better when told orally, with the appropriate Australian accent, but I'll tell it anyway.
- It has been taken orally for many years to lower cholesterol.
- Great epics and systems of philosophy, religion, medicine and law were transmitted orally.
early 17th century: from late Latin oralis, from Latin os, or- 'mouth'.