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A sentence in which the main clause or its predicate is withheld until the end; for example, Despite heavy winds and nearly impenetrable ground fog, the plane landed safely.
(Rhetoric) rhetoric a sentence in which the completion of the main clause is left to the end, thus creating an effect of suspense
pe′ri•od′ic sen′tence(ˈpɪər iˈɒd ɪk, ˌpɪər-)
a sentence that, by leaving the completion of its main clause to the end, produces an effect of suspense, as in All alone in the world, without any money, he died.Compare loose sentence.