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I would like to express a second derivative with two dots above the variable. You can do this with a first derivative by saying:

f[x_] := OverDot[x];
Print[HoldForm[f[x]], " == ", f[x]]

Is there a possible syntax to do this with the second derivative?

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g[x_] := Overscript[x, ".."]
Print[HoldForm[g[x]], " == ", g[x]]

You could use AdjustmentBox to tweak the two dots, but maybe this is not necessary.

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Awesome, this works just how I want it to. -- Thanks –  Napthali Jan 28 '12 at 21:27
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You may also find utility in this:

Format[f''[x_]] := Overscript[x, ".."]

f''[j]

See the documentation for Format for more information.

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