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A cantilever, in architectural terms, is any kind of beam supported only at one end. A cantilevered balcony is one which has no supporting corbels or columns. A cantilevered staircase (illustrated below) is a staircase where each individual step is supported only by the wall, or by the wall and the step below it.

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