Oral = the spoken word. It also refers to taking something by mouth (e.g., medication).
Also, conveying information through speaking.
Morris was so shocked to see his mother sitting in the audience that he stumbled over his oral argument to the committee.
Radley’s prescription required that he take the herbs orally instead of mixing in in his food.
Verbal = expressing something through the spoken word, as opposed to the written word.
Polly was reprimanded for her verbal assault on Ken when she could not get her way.
According to #editor Mark Allen (markalleneditorial.com), “I tend to favor oral when we mean spoken, but verbal is used so much that I think it’s OK if the context is clear.”
My tip: use “oral” if you are referring precisely to the mouth.
It is common to use verbal for anything spoken.
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