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: the act of punctuating : the state of being punctuated
: the act or practice of inserting standardized marks or signs in written matter to clarify the meaning and separate structural units
: a system of punctuation
: something that contrasts or accentuates
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: the marks (such as periods and commas) in a piece of writing that make its meaning clear and that separate it into sentences, clauses, etc.
See the full definition for punctuation in the English Language Learners Dictionary
: the act of adding punctuation marks to writing
: a system of using punctuation marks
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to clear from alleged fault or guilt
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