Verbal vs Herbal - What's the difference?

verbal | herbal |

As adjectives the difference between verbal and herbal

is that verbal is (label) verbal while herbal is made from or with herbs.

As a noun herbal is

a manual of herbs and their medical uses.




  • Of or relating to words.
  • Concerned with the words, rather than the substance of a text.
  • Consisting of words only.
  • * Mayhew
  • 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.
  • Expressly spoken rather than written.
  • a verbal''' contract; '''verbal testimony
  • (grammar) Derived from, or having the nature of a verb.
  • (grammar) Used to form a verb.
  • Capable of speech.
  • * 2005 , Avril V. Brereton, Bruce J. Tonge, Pre-schoolers with autism (page 55)
  • How do these language problems affect the behaviour of verbal children?
  • Word for word; literal; verbatim.
  • a verbal translation
  • (obsolete) Abounding with words; verbose.
  • (Shakespeare)


    * (of or relating to words) wordish


    * (consisting of words only) non-verbal, substantive * (expressly spoken or written) implied * (expressly stated) unsaid * (capable of speech) preverbal

    Derived terms

    * verbal complement * verbal diarrhoea * verbal noun * verbal regency * verbal warning


    (en noun)
  • (grammar) A verb form which does not function as a predicate, or a word derived from a verb. In English, infinitives, participles and gerunds are verbals.
  • Synonyms

    * non-finite verb


  • (transitive, British, Australia) To induce into fabricating a confession.
  • * 1982 , John A. Andrews, Human Rights in Criminal Procedure: A Comparative Study , ISBN 9024725526, BRILL, page 128:
  • "The problem of 'verballing' is unlikely to disappear, whatever the legal status of the person detained."
  • * 2001 , Chris Cunneen, Conflict, Politics and Crime: Aboriginal Communities and the Police , ISBN 1864487194, Allen & Unwin, page 116:
  • "Condren had always claimed that he was assaulted and verballed by police over the murder he had supposedly confessed to committing."
  • * 2004 , Jeremy Gans & Andrew Palmer, Australian Principles of Evidence , ISBN 1876905123, Routledge Cavendish, page 504:
  • "Moreover, given the risk of verballing , it is by no means apparent that it is in the interests of justice that the prosecution have the benefit of admissions that are made on occasions when recordings are impracticable."
    English transitive verbs ----



    Alternative forms

    * herball (obsolete)


  • Made from or with herbs.
  • Herbal tea has a nice aroma and is good for a stuffy head.
  • Made from natural herbs specifically as opposed to from synthetic materials.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-03
  • , author=David S. Senchina , title=Athletics and Herbal Supplements , volume=101, issue=2, page=134 , magazine= citation , passage=Athletes' use of herbal supplements has skyrocketed in the past two decades. At the top of the list of popular herbs are echinacea and ginseng, whereas garlic, St. John's wort, soybean, ephedra and others are also surging in popularity or have been historically prevalent.}}
    People think herbal supplements are safer because they are natural.

    Derived terms

    * herbal body wrap * herbal medicine * herbal tea * herbal wrap


    (en noun)
  • A manual of herbs and their medical uses
  • * {{quote-news, year=2005, date=January 7, author=Cecil Adams, title=The Straight Dope, work=Chicago Reader citation
  • , passage=It can still be found in herbals and such, which describe it as a sedative and cough suppressant. }}
  • An herbal supplement
  • * {{quote-news, year=2003, date=March 7, author=Jeffrey Felshman, title=The Killer Inside Me, work=Chicago Reader citation
  • , passage=I took a ride to the shopping strip at Belmont and Central and stocked up on herbals at three Polish New Age health stores. }}