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punctuation

punc·tu·a·tion

punctuation

 
pronunciation:
puhngk chu eI shn
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the process or an instance of adding certain marks, such as the question mark or comma, to groups of written words so as to indicate a pause, subordination, or quotation, or otherwise clarify meaning or inflection.
definition 2: collectively, the marks used in such a process or instance; punctuation marks.
derivation: punctuative (adj.)