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Adequate hyphenation of words already containing a hyphen

How to change hyphenation of a particular word?

specifically I don't like how it is line breaking position


I would like to have it


is there a way to change this?

PS You may or may not agree with the hyphenation of position

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    @ dodohjk Use \hyphenation{pos-ition}
    – user13907
    May 12, 2013 at 17:20
  • looks like my question was much easier to answer than I thought
    – dodohjk
    May 12, 2013 at 17:51

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In the preamble.

You can find more info on the Wikibooks LaTeX


One idea is to use


In general you can locally hyphenate a word using \- wherever you want the word to split. For expample


  • this is a solution to my problem but it does not answer the question. Could be useful if I didn't want to change the hyphenation of position for the all document
    – dodohjk
    May 12, 2013 at 22:41
  • @dodohjk: That's why I said localy! I didn't know that you wanted it for all the text!
    – Thanos
    May 13, 2013 at 6:20

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