periodic sentence


: a usually complex sentence that has no subordinate or trailing elements following its principal clause (as in "yesterday while I was walking down the street, I saw him")

Examples of periodic sentence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Straight declarative sentence, periodic sentence, sentence fragment. Will Harrison, New York Times, 11 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1928, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of periodic sentence was circa 1928

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“Periodic sentence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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