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The Java® Language Specification, Java SE 7 Edition, Fourth Edition by Alex Buckley, Gilad Bracha, Guy Steele, Bill Joy, James Gosling

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16.7. Definite Assignment and Member Types

Let C be a class, and let V be a blank final member field of C. Then:

V is definitely assigned (and moreover, not definitely unassigned) before the declaration of any member type (§8.5, §9.5) of C.

Let C be a class declared within the scope of V. Then:

V is definitely assigned before a member type declaration of C iff V is definitely assigned before the declaration of C.

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