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A construction in which a sentence is completed as if the subject were other than it is; a subject semantically unconnected with the rest of the construction in which it occurs.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Wharton (d. 1867). From post-classical Latin nominativus pendens from classical Latin nōminātīvus + pendēns, present participle of pendēre to hang.
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