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1. One skilled in the use of words.
2. One who favors words over ideas or substance.

ver′bal·is′tic adj.
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of or relating to a verbalist
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Just think of the immediate usefulness to counselors, personnel people, administrators, of a technique by which one could say something about another's dogmatism or teachability, his habits of realistic or verbalistic response, his eagerness to make or deny distinctions, etc.
(16) Contrary to the largely "verbalistic" curricula of prior universities, (17) these colleges focused on solving practical problems (18) and providing instruction in agriculture and the mechanical arts.
But it is the preliminary condition for any theory of knowledge which is not content with verbalistic and illusory solutions.