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Pronunciation: (pungk"chOO-ā'shun), [key]
1. the practice or system of using certain conventional marks or characters in writing or printing in order to separate elements and make the meaning clear, as in ending a sentence or separating clauses.
2. the act of punctuating.
3. punctuation marks.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

punctuated equilibriumpunctuation mark
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