pen·​du·​lar | \ ˈpen-jə-lər How to pronounce pendular (audio) , ˈpen-dyə-, -də- \

Definition of pendular

: being or resembling the movement of a pendulum

Examples of pendular in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The arc of every private moral sphere is in constant pendular motion. Washington Post, 20 Aug. 2021 As such, prioritizing growth, employment and wages over inflation represents a pendular shift from the intense focus on price stability that began in the wake of the hyper-inflation of the 1970s. Tom Saler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Mar. 2021 As many historians can attest, American presidential elections tend to be pendular; the country tires of the incumbent, the country’s mood then swings, and voters replace him with someone as unlike that person as possible. Washington Post, 7 Nov. 2019 Our pendular system already offers a way to apply small amounts of pressure with one foot for resulting tiny adjustments. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, 23 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of pendular

1759, in the meaning defined above

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“Pendular.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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pen·​du·​lar | \ ˈpen-jə-lər, ˈpen-d(y)ə- How to pronounce pendular (audio) \

Medical Definition of pendular

: characterized by or being regular rhythmic movement especially from side to side


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