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Definition: pseudocode


(1) The intermediate instructions generated from the source code of an interpreted language. See intermediate language.

(2) Natural language statements that represent the logic of a program. Similar in purpose to a flowchart, the pseudocode is written in the user's native language. It allows the programmer to state the basic logic of the application from which the source code will be written at a later time. The first pseudocode example below is entirely English, while the second one is English with a little bit of programming syntax. There are numerous pseudocode styles. See hard coded.

    ask user for two numbers
    add the two numbers
    display result



    function (Add2Numbers)
    display "Enter two numbers."
    get x and y
    display "The sum is x+y."