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

  • n. The sentence within a paragraph or discourse that states the main thought, often placed at the beginning.

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  • n. A sentence at the beginning of a paragraph indicating the general matter to be discussed later in that paragraph.

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

  • n. a sentence that states the topic of its paragraph


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