Punctuation definition

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A system for using such marks.
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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.
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Such a mark or marks.
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A set of symbols and marks which are used to clarify meaning in text by separating strings of words into clauses, phrases and sentences.
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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.

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The marks so used.
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The use of standard marks and signs in writing and printing to separate words into sentences, clauses, and phrases in order to clarify meaning.
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The act or an instance of punctuating.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
punctuation
Plural:
punctuations

Origin of punctuation

  • From Medieval Latin punctuatio (“a marking with points, a writing, agreement"), from punctuare (“to mark with points, settle"); see punctuate.

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