[ puhngk-choo-ey-shuh n ]
/ ˌpʌŋk tʃuˈeɪ ʃən /
the practice or system of using certain conventional marks or characters in writing or printing in order to separate elements and make the meaning clear, as in ending a sentence or separating clauses.
the act of punctuating.
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Origin of punctuation
OTHER WORDS FROM punctuationpunc·tu·a·tion·al, punc·tu·a·tive, adjectivenon·punc·tu·a·tion, nounre·punc·tu·a·tion, noun
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Definition for punctuational (2 of 2)
[ puhngk-choo-ey-shuh-nl-iz-uh m ]
/ ˌpʌŋk tʃuˈeɪ ʃə nlˌɪz əm /
Origin of punctuationalism
1975–80; punctuational + -ism
OTHER WORDS FROM punctuationalismpunc·tu·a·tion·al, adjectivepunc·tu·a·tion·al·ist, punc·tu·a·tion·ist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for punctuational
/ (ˌpʌŋktjʊˈeɪʃən) /
the use of symbols not belonging to the alphabet of a writing system to indicate aspects of the intonation and meaning not otherwise conveyed in the written language
the symbols used for this purpose
the act or an instance of punctuating
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