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and/or

[and-awr] /ˈændˈɔr/
conjunction
1.
(used to imply that either or both of the things mentioned may be affected or involved):
insurance covering fire and/or wind damage.
Can be confused
and, and/or, nor, or (see usage note at and; see usage note at the current entry)
Usage note
The combination and/or is used primarily in business and legal writing: All dwellings and/or other structures on the property are included in the contract. Because of these business and legal associations, some object to the use of this combination in general writing, where it occasionally occurs: She spends much of her leisure time entertaining and/or traveling. In such writing, either and or or is usually adequate. If a greater distinction is needed, another phrasing is available: Would you like cream or sugar, or both?
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  • And since God chose to take andor away, what else was there to live for, save to see her mother and father contented?

    A Bride of the Plains Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • "I am quite well, thank you, andor," she murmured through her tears.

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  • Elsa stood silent, listening, and andor no longer tried to force Klara to silence.

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  • But already andor was upon him, had seized him by collar and wrist.

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  • Did you not know that Elsa has been in love with andor all along?

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  • "Not without cause, I imagine," said andor, with a sarcastic laugh.

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  • andor slowly fell on his knees and pressed his burning lips on the small, white hand.

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  • You don't know, andor, what Leopold is like when the jealous rage is in him.

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  • Thus she seemed cut off from everyone she cared for; only andor was near her, and of andor she must not even think.

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  • "But you don't love her, Béla," urged andor, with ardent earnestness.

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British Dictionary definitions for andor

and/or

conjunction
1.
(coordinating) used to join terms when either one or the other or both is indicated: passports and/or other means of identification
Usage note
Many people think that and/or is only acceptable in legal and commercial contexts. In other contexts, it is better to use or both: some alcoholics lose their jobs or their driving licences or both (not their jobs and/or their driving licences)
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Idioms and Phrases with andor

and/or

Both or either of two options. For example, His use of copyrighted material shows that the writer is careless and/or dishonest. This idiom originated in legal terminology of the mid-1800s.
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