Definition of contiguity in English:



mass noun
  • 1The state of bordering or being in contact with something.

    ‘nations bound together by geographical contiguity’
    • ‘Their geographical contiguity must have come to be regarded as a zone of political proximity if not a frontier or border of some kind.’
    • ‘Several hundred autonomous Indian principalities were expected to accede to one or the other new state on the basis of territorial contiguity and the religious composition of the population.’
    • ‘From the beginning, the intent has been to break up the contiguity of Palestinian communities by building settlements and roads.’
    • ‘First, Mexican immigration is different because of contiguity.’
    • ‘The first definition is of a truncated mini-state without territorial contiguity.’
    • ‘There are also several well-established neutral districting principles, such as contiguity, compactness, community of interest among those in the district, and adherence to municipal and county lines.’
    • ‘The essence of this concept is a limited form of community interest, usually involving a small group of states in geographical contiguity, who exercise shared rights over the resources in question.’
    • ‘By the medieval times, linguistic violence and hatred for each other had become unbridgeable, with geographic contiguity between the Caliphates and the Byzantine empire stoking the fires of Holy War.’
    • ‘The claims of contiguity, and geography more generally, would continue to make themselves felt.’
    • ‘Never mind the fact that those very settlement blocs are the main obstacle to the formation of a Palestinian state characterized by territorial contiguity.’
    1. 1.1Psychology The sequential occurrence or proximity of stimulus and response, causing their association in the mind.
      ‘contiguity is necessary in all forms of learning’
      • ‘However, as Deacon notes, many things can be said to have physical or temporal contiguity so there must be something more to this interpretative process.’
      • ‘Yu's work ostentatiously references film strips - suggesting sequentiality, narrative and subjectivity through contiguity, rhythm and fragmentation.’
      • ‘From that moment, he anchors his existence in the hopeless need to share an affective contiguity with this random female acquaintance by changing the time of every clock and watch he encounters to Paris time.’
      • ‘As our imagination chops up and forms new ideas, it is directed by three principles of association, namely, resemblance, contiguity, and cause and effect.’
      • ‘First, he argued that the synaptic connections between neurons of the cortex increased in efficiency in proportion to a degree to which there had been temporal contiguity in their pre- and post-synaptic physiological activity.’
      • ‘Well, the secret, which is something that one knows or does not know - thus, an object of knowing - here becomes by metonymy or contiguity the subject of knowing, what knows rather than what is or is not known.’
      • ‘We have seen that Hume takes there to be three relations on which our association of ideas depends, those of resemblance, contiguity, and cause and effect, but there is a functional difference between the first two and the third.’
      • ‘The application of sympathy is based on ‘resemblance and contiguity,’ which give rise to family, friendship, etc.’
      • ‘The theological views held by the Lutheran Church to the contrary, the tombs assert the contiguity of the community of the living with the dead.’
      • ‘He, in an article on intertextuality, describes it as ‘relationships of contiguity and similarity’.’
      • ‘This kind of result was obtained by Adichie, among other workers, in the late 1970s based on the contiguity techniques.’
      • ‘This contiguity is reflected in tales about the creation of human forms.’
      • ‘Metonymy is the trope of contiguity, part-part relationships, where a single event may provide a causal link in a chain of events.’
      • ‘Sense knowledge can tell us only that effect follows upon cause, because the mind, bounded by the senses, cannot legitimately infer any idea of causality from impressions of mere contiguity.’
      • ‘At the same time, through similarity and contiguity, the infant constellates the child archetype in the mother.’
      • ‘For the twins they are sometimes supposed to be, Ishmael and Ahab have only very rare moments of contiguity or overlapping.’
      • ‘Many contemporary artists are now stressing contiguity in their work.’
      • ‘Unlike Hume, he did not distinguish between resemblance, contiguity, and cause and effect, and he offered no detailed analysis of causal association.’
      • ‘Her combination of high seriousness, insight, and muddle-headedness establishes, in the earlier parts of the novel, the contiguity of inspiration and comedy.’
      • ‘The contiguity of the sequence is also massively improved.’
      closeness, nearness, presence, juxtaposition, propinquity, adjacency
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Early 16th century: from late Latin contiguitas, from Latin contiguus ‘touching’ (see contiguous).