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noun [countable] linguistics     concessive clause pronunciation in British English
/kənˌsesɪv ˈklɔːz/
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singularconcessive clause
pluralconcessive clauses
  1. a subordinate clause that begins with a conjunction such as ‘although’, ’while’, or ‘whereas’, and makes a statement that is unexpected in some way, or contrasts with information in another clause. For example in the sentenceI’ve never met my neighbours, although I’ve lived here for five years’, the information after ‘although’ seems unexpected. In the sentence ‘Men have to wear business suits to the office, whereas women can wear what they like’ there is a contrast between the two clauses.


to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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