Definition of full stop in English:

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full stop


1A punctuation mark (.) used at the end of a sentence or an abbreviation.
Example sentences
  • You make punctuation mistakes on a regular basis, particularly by using commas when semi-colons or full stops are required.
  • You can get away with commas and full stops alone if all you are concerned with is simplicity and minimal sense, but if you have an ear for the music of prose, you will desire more subtlety in your ‘stopping’.
  • The funniest thing is that CityRail disembodied voice announcement man sounds like he's inserting at least five full stops into a sentence that should rightfully only have one.
1.1 [as exclamation] Used to suggest that there is nothing more to say on a topic: women are just generally better people full stop
More example sentences
  • And in saying that, I believe the endgame is to privatise the whole of the benefits system, full stop!
  • ‘We're not getting it right, full stop,’ he laughs, when I suggest he run down a list of the positives in new Scottish public space.
  • Heck, I don't like doing exams on any day, full stop!
1.2A complete cessation: her life had simply come to a full stop
More example sentences
  • His career will come to a full stop at the end of next year.

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