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1[usually treated as singular] The study of the way in which certain body movements and gestures serve as a form of nonverbal communication.
gesture, sign, wave, gesticulation, cue, prompt, indicator, indication, communication, messageView synonyms
- ‘Other kinds of human communication [besides speech] are sometimes called language: body language, or kinesics, is one example.’
- ‘After conducting fieldwork together in New Guinea, Bateson and Mead coproduced ethnographic films and photodocumentation of Balinese kinesics.’
- ‘To achieve this aim in oral discourse, speakers use visual cues provided by paralanguage, kinesics and synchrony to complement verbal language.’
- ‘This was unfortunate as it narrowed the scope of the potential field, separating kinesics from much that was of interest to mainstream anthropology.’
- 1.1[usually treated as plural]Certain body movements and gestures regarded as a form of nonverbal communication.
- ‘The anatomical characteristics of a person have a definite bearing on our perception of his or her kinesics.’
- ‘Mr. O was showing and acknowledging a greater affective range, both verbally and in his kinesics.’
1950s: from Greek kinēsis motion (from kinein to move) + -ics.
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