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complimentary close

A word or phrase, such as Yours truly, placed at the end of a letter or email message before the writer's signature as a polite gesture.
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com′plimen′tary close′


also com′plimen′tary clos′ing,

the part of a letter that by convention immediately precedes the signature, as “Very truly yours,” “Cordially,” or “Sincerely yours.”
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Letters aren't listed separately in an index, not all of them include a dateline, a greeting, or a complimentary closing, nor does the editor preface each letter with the kind of identification given in scholarly editions, such as "Letter from Coward to Alexander Woollcott" (plus the date).
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