periodic sentence

noun

Definition of 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")

First Known Use of periodic sentence

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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/periodic%20sentence. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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