Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or being an adverb.
  • n. An adverbial element or phrase.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of or relating to an adverb
  • n. an adverbial word or phrase

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to an adverb; of the nature of an adverb.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to, or having the character or force of, an adverb. Much inclined to use adverbs; given to limiting or qualifying one's statements.
  • n. An adverbial word or clause, as truly, exceedingly, of course, to-day, as soon as he arrives.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to or functioning as an adverb
  • n. a word or group of words function as an adverb

Etymologies

adverb +‎ -ial. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I've seen a lot more put after the verb, but I think this isn't considered good style unless some kind of adverbial like 'diye' saying is involved.

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  • I notice that the Longman Grammar of Spoken and Written English (Biber et al. 1999) calls the adverbial type of phrasal verb (like ‘look up’) “phrasal verb” and the prepositional type (like ‘take after) “prepositional verb”.

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  • A participle may be equivalent not only to a clause describing or determining the substantive modified, as in "la parolanta viro", the man who-is-talking, "la sendota knabo", the boy who-will-be-sent, but also to an "adverbial" clause.

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  • An even more famous kind of adverbial pun is the Tom Swiftie, named after Tom Swift, the hero of a series of science fiction books by Edward Stratemeyer which debuted a hundred years ago.

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  • Phonologically marked deviant phonotactics (e.g. long final vowels) special word structures (e.g. C 1 VC 2 VC 3 VV) several types of modification (reduplication, lengthening) often occupy an 'adverbial' slot modifying a whole clause, but most can also be used as verbs, appear in nominal slots, or be made into 'adjectives' modifying nouns

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  • "adverbial" theory of the sort recommended by Chisholm (1957) and Sellars (1967), and outright eliminativism.

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  • This usage comes from and adverbial and adjectival usage meaning “belonging to the ordinary procedure”, which dates back to the 1500s.

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  • According to the Oxford English Dictionary, adverbial slow appeared around 1500 and has stuck around the language ever since.

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  • And many thanks to the commenters on the earlier post, who offered suggestions for some of the best words below. of course – you know this phrase as a sentential adverbial phrase that means, more or less, “obviously”.

    Some words whose meanings have changed without controversy « Motivated Grammar

  • Most importantly is just a sentence-modifying adverbial phrase like any other:

    The open secret of sentential adverbs « Motivated Grammar

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