authentic cadence

noun

Definition of authentic cadence 

: a musical cadence in which dominant harmony resolves to the tonic (see tonic entry 2 sense 2)

called also final cadence, full cadence, full close

— compare plagal cadence

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1813, in the meaning defined above

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