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In typesetting, an alignment where text is aligned along the vertical axis of the page (or column), with both the left and right edge left ragged.

In centered alignment, no adjustment is made to the word spacing, letter spacing, or letter width.

Centered text is typically used to give a formal effect, such as for epigraphs, dedications, and other short passages.

Centered text is less readable than flush left or justification because the left edge is ragged, making it more difficult to find the start of a new line.

Also see: flush left, flush right, justification.