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perfect cadence

noun, Music.
a cadence in which the tonic chord has its root in both bass and soprano.
Origin of perfect cadence
First recorded in 1720-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • No lumps now; one turn and all resolved into a perfect cadence.

  • The first condition, in order to obtain the trot backwards, is to keep the horse in a perfect cadence and as rassembl as possible.

  • It occurs almost invariably immediately before the tonic chord which closes the perfect cadence.

  • Sentence followed sentence in measured and perfect cadence; with absolute self-possession; and in a voice not unduly pitched.

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