Definition of soft hyphen in English:

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soft hyphen


A hyphen inserted into a word not otherwise hyphenated, to be displayed or typeset only if it falls at the end of a line of text.
Example sentences
  • For operations such as searching and sorting, the soft hyphen should always be ignored.
  • Abstract Encoding of hard and soft hyphens, including guidelines for determining when a line-end hyphen is soft
  • Use of the non-breaking space and soft hyphen indicator characters is discouraged because support for them is not widely deployed.

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Line breaks: soft hy¦phen

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