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Benzylic Carbocation

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    A benzylic carbocation is a resonance-stabilized carbocation in each of the two equally stable major resonance forms of which the formal charge of +1 is on a benzylic carbon.

    eg:

    benzyliccarbocation1.png

    The lightest benzylic carbocation 1 is called the benzyl carbocation.

    benzyliccarbocation2.png

    see also primary benzylic carbocation, secondary benzylic carbocation, tertiary benzylic carbocation


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