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soft hyphen

n
(Computer Science) a hyphen, used in word processing to divide a word, which prints only when it appears at the end of a line. Also called: optional hyphen
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I have anticipated the first objection by suggesting above that soft hyphens are a product of the justification, not of the text.
In this circumstance the word-processor will break the word at a suitable point and insert a soft hyphen.
Part Four, "Becoming Expert," delves more deeply into issues such as differentiating between hard and soft hyphens, spotting errors in fact and logic, proofreading tables and artwork, and typographic proofreading.