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cadential Syllabification: ca·den·tial
Pronunciation: /ˌkāˈden(t)SH(ə)l/

Definition of cadential in English:

adjective

Of or relating to a cadenza or cadence.
Example sentences
  • In plainchant melodies the commonest cadential close is a descending step to the final from the note above; other formulas, such as a descending 3rd or an ascending 2nd, are also found.
  • The final measure vividly transmutes the symphony's opening theme (full of upward fourths) to an idea both melodic and harmonically cadential and thus brings the work to a great, substantial close.
  • Yes; but the talk was about rhythm, and cadential six-four chords have rhythmic implications - they determine strong beats.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from cadence, on the pattern of pairs such as essence, essential.

Words that rhyme with cadential

confidential, consequential, credential, deferential, differential, essential, evidential, existential, experiential, exponential, influential, intelligential, irreverential, jurisprudential, penitential, pestilential, potential, preferential, presidential, providential, prudential, quintessential, referential, residential, reverential, sapiential, sciential, sentential, sequential, tangential, torrential

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