- A punctuation mark. The comma and semicolon are both used for the same purpose, namely, to divide sentences and parts of sentences, the only difference being that the semicolon makes the division a little more pronounced than the comma; but at the last it is the sense of the words, taken together, that dictates where the punctuation marks are to be placed, and what they shall be. Holmes v Phenix Ins. Co. (CA8 Mo) 98 F 240.
Ballentine's law dictionary. Anderson, W.S.. 1998.