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footnote

Text that appears at the bottom of a page that adds explanation. It is often used to give credit to the source of information. When accumulated and printed at the end of a document, they are called "endnotes."
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Footnote

 

a supplementary printed text; an explanation, source reference, or editor’s comment located at the bottom of a page or column and separated from the main text by a straight line. Footnotes are printed in a smaller type size and are preceded by a sign (a number or asterisk) corresponding to the sign following the statement in the main text that is being elucidated. Footnotes are numbered continuously or by chapter or section.

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