One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
adjective & adverb
In exactly the same words as were used originally.as adverb ‘subjects were instructed to recall the passage verbatim’as adjective ‘your quotations must be verbatim’
word for word, letter for letter, line for line, to the letter, literally, exactly, precisely, in every detail, closely, faithfully, religiously, rigorously, punctiliously, with strict attention to detail, strictlyword for word, letter for letter, line for line, literal, exact, direct, precise, close, faithful, undeviating, strictView synonyms
- ‘But their notes are a resume of proceedings, not a verbatim account.’
- ‘Their responses are logged verbatim and scored according to a complex system designed to point towards personality traits.’
- ‘And in the end pretty well everything I wrote was reproduced verbatim.’
- ‘The BBC therefore used actors to read the words verbatim over film of the speakers.’
- ‘I record this verbatim from a journal written at the time, with just the occasional commentary.’
Late 15th century: from medieval Latin, from Latin verbum ‘word’. Compare with literatim.
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