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Visible versus audible, and visual versus ....? what is the word?

Asked by flo (13313points) June 12th, 2014

Say someone says “I need the visual blah blah blah for tomorrow and I need the…... blah blah blah for next week” If they are talking about voice (but not words) what is the one word that goes in the blank?

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canidmajor's avatar

Vocals, audio

Seek's avatar


flo's avatar

Aural, I was so sure that there is such no word!

dxs's avatar

Aural is it! It has to do with sound and hearing. Audio could work, too.

gasman's avatar

Auditory sounds more natural to me as the counterpart to visual, and won’t be confused with oral.

flo's avatar

Aural could easily be confused with oral excellent point.

Dan_Lyons's avatar

Visible versus audible, and visual versus


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livelaughlove21's avatar

In your sample sentence, I’d definitely go with audio. It sounds like a work-related scenario. At the law firm where I work, we’d say video recording vs. audio recording when discussing a hearing or meeting being recorded.

I’ve honestly never seen or heard of the word aural.

Kardamom's avatar

@livelaughlove21 aural is a pretty common word. It’s used a lot when describing music, especially classical or jazz music.

Adagio's avatar

I plump for aural too.

downtide's avatar

It’s not audio. That is the counterpart to video not visual.

whitenoise's avatar

Audial is a perfect english word.

flo's avatar

Thanks all. Good to know.

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