- Punctuation are marks used in printing and writing to separate sentences and clauses and to help make the meaning of sentences more clear.
Commas, periods and question marks are examples of punctuation.
punctuation definition by Webster's New World
- the act of punctuating; specif., the act or practice of using standardized marks in writing and printing to separate sentences or sentence elements or to make the meaning clearer
- a system for using such marks
- such a mark or marks
Origin: Midieval Latin punctuatio: see punctuate
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- punctuative adjective
punctuation definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The use of standard marks and signs in writing and printing to separate words into sentences, clauses, and phrases in order to clarify meaning.b. The marks so used.
- The act or an instance of punctuating.