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periodic sentence

[peer-ee-od-ik, peer-] /ˈpɪər iˈɒd ɪk, ˌpɪər-/
noun
1.
a sentence that, by leaving the completion of its main clause to the end, produces an effect of suspense, as in Unable to join the others at the dance because of my sprained ankle, I went to a movie.
Compare loose sentence.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900
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British Dictionary definitions for periodic-sentence

periodic sentence

/ˌpɪərɪˈɒdɪk/
noun
1.
(rhetoric) a sentence in which the completion of the main clause is left to the end, thus creating an effect of suspense
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