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Speed (or velocity) can be zero during a period of constant acceleration. Take a ball thrown vertically into the air. From the time it leaves the hand, it is accelerating downwards, that is, against the direction in which it is travelling. There will come a time when the constant downward acceleration causes the ball to be stationary. This is the highest point the ball will reach and from that time onwards, the ball will begin to travel in the opposite direction, i.e. downwards.

For the whole time the ball is in the air it will be accelerating downwards at a constant rate due to gravity. The velocity of the ball is changing continually and includes the moment when velocity is zero.

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