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Meaning of subscription edition

subscrip'tion edi"tion

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. an edition of one or more volumes for which a number of prospective purchasers place orders, usually in advance of publication.
  2. a specially designed edition offered to subscribers, usually on an installment or deferred payment plan, or on an installment or deferred delivery plan, or both.
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