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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.

    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."