What is verbal?

Originating from the Late Latin word verbālis, verbal is an adjective used to refer to what is attached to the word: the linguistic unit with meaning separated from others by spaces in writing or pauses in pronunciation. The term word also refers to the ability to speak.

Often the notion of word is associated with what is done only with speech, without it being written or not. A verbal contract, for example, is established with the verbal consent of the parties. This means that a verbal contract takes effect with the spoken agreement. Although this type of contract is valid from a legal point of view, if a conflict arises it is difficult to find evidence: it requires the intervention of witnesses or the confession of the parties. That’s why most contracts are in writing and not just verbal.

It is known as verbal expression, on the other hand, what is communicated through the word. When a person speaks, he resorts to verbal expression. On the other hand, body expression does not appeal to words, but to postures, gestures, etc. Sometimes a differentiation is made between the verbal and the physical. A man who insults another is committing a verbal aggression; if, on the other hand, he punches you, it is physical aggression. Verbal aggression, therefore, can cause moral suffering, but it cannot harm the body.

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