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concessive clause

  
  ( concessive clauses    plural  ) A concessive clause is a subordinate clause which refers to a situation that contrasts with the one described in the main clause. For example, in the sentence `Although he was tired, he couldn't get to sleep', the first clause is a concessive clause.     (TECHNICAL)      n-count  
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