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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See plagal cadence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a cadence (frequently ending church music) in which the chord of the subdominant precedes the chord of the tonic

Etymologies

From its frequent use as a setting for the word Amen.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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