Definition of textbook in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈtɛks(t)bʊk


A book used as a standard work for the study of a particular subject.
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  • The book relies on standard economic theory, and many of the concepts can be found in standard textbooks.
  • Of these textbooks, only his books on logic and on music have certainly survived intact.
  • In fact, he was so far ahead of the field that he had become distrustful of many standard textbooks.


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Conforming or corresponding to an established standard or type: he had the presence of mind to carry out a textbook emergency descent
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  • He need not have worried, everything about the man is textbook fairytale hero.
  • The actors avoid textbook sitcom comedy styles in favour of the real thing.
  • Save for his aversion to the blues, the patient is something of a textbook classicist.



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  • For example, the quality of the book is somewhat uneven: the last chapters are much better than the first ones, which are rather ‘textbookish’ with considerable use of secondary sources.
  • It is a bit textbookish and the 19th century writing style is a bit difficult but it is interesting reading.
  • It's textbookish and likely that's the only way most young readers will read it - if they are assigned it.

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