suspension periods

plural noun
variants: or suspension points

Definition of suspension periods

: usually three spaced periods used to mark an omission of a word or group of words from a written context — compare ellipsis sense 3

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First Known Use of suspension periods

1919, in the meaning defined above

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“Suspension periods.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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