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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Valediction'

Valediction Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    valediction n
  1. a farewell oration delivered by the most outstanding member of a graduating class [syn: valedictory address, valedictory]
  2. the act of saying farewell
Valediction Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Valediction \Val`e*dic"tion\, n. [L., valedicere, valedictum, to say farewell; vale farewell (imperative of valere to be strong or well) + dicere to say. See Valiant, Diction.] A farewell; a bidding farewell. --Donne.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Valediction'

A valediction (derivation from Latin vale dicere, 'to say farewell' or the act of saying parting words- whether brief, or extensive.

For the greetings counterpart to valediction, see salutation.

Valedictions normally immediately precede the signature in written correspondence. The word or words used express respect, esteem, or regard for the person to whom the correspondence is directed, and the exact form used depends on a number of factors — including:

Conventions also change over time, and of course differ by language.

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