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Often when writing we would like numbers to be written out fully e.g. thirty rather than in digits e.g. 30. Is there a name for this kind of representation?

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"Numeral" is close, defining anything that represents a specific number. –  dotsamuelswan Apr 12 '13 at 13:59
    
You just used "written out". I'd say you are already using the term you are looking for. –  RegDwigнt Apr 12 '13 at 14:30
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I just can't see why would anyone downvote this. At the same time, silly questions with no use to anyone get upvoted to the sky. And this has been taken on on meta. I'm just making a statement. –  Tiberiu-Ionuț Stan Apr 12 '13 at 22:03

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The phrase spelled out is sometimes used; eg,

In your paragraph, spell out the digits under 10.

This usage is from the sense “To write or say the letters that form a word or part of a word” or the sense “Of letters: to compose (a word)” of the verb spell.

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Longhand is the word I have heard used for this, though the definition does not specify the writing out of numbers.

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I believe what you're looking for is whether numbers are written in cardinal form (one, two, three, etc.) or ordinal form (first, second, third, etc.)...?

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The simplest way to express this idea would be "verbal representation" (as opposed to numerical representation). It's difficult to find a single word to express the concept adequately.

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