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topic sentence

noun
1.
a sentence that expresses the essential idea of a paragraph or larger section, usually appearing at the beginning.
Also, topical sentence.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20
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topic sentence

noun
1.
a sentence in a paragraph that expresses the main idea or point of the whole paragraph
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topic sentence definition


The main sentence in a paragraph, often the first sentence. It briefly conveys the essential idea of the paragraph.

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