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Etymology Edit

Borrowed from Medieval Latin punctuātiō (a marking with points, a writing, agreement), from punctuō (to mark with points, settle). Morphologically, punctuate +‎ -ion.

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  • IPA(key): /pʌŋk.t͡ʃuˈeɪ.ʃən/
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən
  • (file)

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punctuation (countable and uncountable, plural punctuations)

  1. A set of symbols and marks which are used to clarify meaning in text by separating strings of words into clauses, phrases and sentences; examples include commas, hyphens, and stops (periods).
    Different languages have different rules for punctuation.
  2. An act of punctuating.

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