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Definition of virtual adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1almost or very nearly the thing described, so that any slight difference is not important The country was sliding into a state of virtual civil war. The company has a virtual monopoly in this area of trade. He married a virtual stranger.
  2. 2made to appear to exist by the use of computer software, for example on the Internet New technology has enabled development of an online “virtual library.”
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