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vi•va vo•ce  (vīvə vōsē, vēvə),USA pronunciation 
  • by word of mouth;
    orally.
  • British Terms, EducationAlso,  viva. (in British and European universities) the oral part of an examination.
  • vi′va-voce, adj. 
    • Medieval Latin vīvā vōce with living voice, Latin, ablative of vīva vōx
    • 1555–65


    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    viva voce /ˈvaɪvə ˈvəʊtʃɪ/ adv , adj
    1. by word of mouth
    n , vb
    1. the full form of viva2
    Etymology: 16th Century: from Medieval Latin, literally: with living voice



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