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complex sentence

noun
1.
a sentence containing one or more dependent clauses in addition to the main clause, as When the bell rings (dependent clause), walk out (main clause).
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85
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British Dictionary definitions for complex sentence

complex sentence

noun
1.
(grammar) a sentence containing at least one main clause and one subordinate clause
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complex sentence definition


A sentence that contains one main clause or independent clause and at least one subordinate clause or dependent clause: “Although I am tired (subordinate clause), I want to go to the midnight movie (main clause).” (See subordination; compare compound sentence, compound-complex sentence, and simple sentence.)

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