Definition of vis-à-vis in English:



  • 1In relation to; with regard to.

    ‘many agencies now have a unit to deal with women's needs vis-à-vis employment’
    • ‘Mark Twain had a much more radically sceptical view of Shakespeare's writings, especially vis-à-vis their relationship to their author.’
    • ‘The reputations of the ministers for these departments vis-à-vis their respective clienteles depend in some measure on how successful they are seen to be in extracting resources for their departments.’
    • ‘As I got older, I saw things that changed me and my perspective, particularly in relation to the Muslim world vis-à-vis the rest of the world.’
    • ‘Its position in international markets has depended on the relative strength of the US economy vis-à-vis the other major capitalist powers.’
    • ‘But what is the issue of principle that would be raised in this Court concerning any default on the part of the prosecution, vis-à-vis, the defence?’
    • ‘But in what respect did their conduct, vis-à-vis your client in relation to the design and construction of this fence falls short of the duty they owed?’
    • ‘First, the economic portrait of pre-industrial Italy is described in relative terms, both vis-à-vis the rest of Europe and in comparison to itself, North and South.’
    • ‘In the following article Daniel Martel analyzes the relationship between technology and culture vis-à-vis the airline postcard.’
    • ‘For most of the last fifty years, Hindu nationalists have mixed moderate with militant strategies and selected the appropriate combination depending on their relative strength vis-à-vis other political forces.’
    • ‘Is this making them re-evaluate their foreign relations policy, vis-à-vis Iran, for example?’
    • ‘One of the debates in contemporary evolutionary theory concerns the relative importance of natural selection vis-à-vis the other forces, such as random drift.’
    • ‘This week I want to discuss their relative strengths vis-à-vis their background and policy proposals.’
    • ‘If the concerns that they entertain vis-à-vis the majority are dealt with justly, they can, in fact, prove to be a powerful force for the defence of India.’
    • ‘What is the role of liquidity, financial frictions and the flow of funds for the real economy and the relation of money vis-à-vis a broader range of asset classes?’
    • ‘And it is not to the point to say that it might also apply to Mr Gordon, vis-à-vis his employees.’
    • ‘Actors are more concerned with their absolute well-being than with their relative position vis-à-vis others.’
    • ‘This is particularly true in Western Canada, where, with the exception of Vancouver, cities exhibit relatively low population densities vis-à-vis some major U.S. cities.’
    • ‘Once that is recognised, it is an order concerning the responsibilities of parents vis-à-vis their children.’
    • ‘If a couple has worked out a modus vivendi vis-à-vis their own bank accounts, suddenly having to consider the needs of a third person can be tricky.’
    • ‘I was impressed by their setup, but perhaps too honest with my opinions and overall views on performers vis-à-vis the concert hall and commercial recording scene.’
    concerning, as regards, with regard to, in regard to, with respect to, in respect of, with reference to, relating to, respecting, as for, as to, re, about, apropos, on the subject of, in connection with
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    1. 1.1As compared with; as opposed to.
      ‘the advantage for U.S. exports is the value of the dollar vis-à-vis other currencies’
      • ‘In all spheres, the new system should attempt to bridge the gap between the elite and common schools, the State supported institutes vis-à-vis the elite private universities.’
      • ‘The benefits vis-à-vis traditional Braille displays are the display's compact structure featuring thin film technology, resulting in a cost reduction per pixel.’
      • ‘The part dealing with the state in Leçons (to be discussed later) contains also a brief discussion of another aspect of law: the rights vested in individuals vis-à-vis the state itself.’
      • ‘It gives parents and teachers incredibly good information about how their kids sit vis-à-vis other kids in their class, other kids in their school, and kids from around New Zealand.’
      • ‘Kristen Bell's portrayal of her smiling former self vis-à-vis the new, tougher Veronica is a feat of acting rarely seen on the UPN.’
      • ‘Since its launch in October, 2003, the new dinar has preserved its value vis-à-vis the U.S. dollar and other major countries.’
      • ‘It would, however, be unfair not to mention other columnists and commentators in Australian newspapers who have been trying more to give a balanced picture on India vis-à-vis other Asian countries, particularly China.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, because Deep Blue's records were never made public, it is quite useless to discuss the strength of Deep Blue vis-à-vis the strength of Deep Junior.’
      • ‘Under the agreements of 1944 the American dollar functioned as a virtual world currency, conferring great advantages on the US vis-à-vis the other capitalist powers.’
      • ‘But such ‘stability’ would have been achieved at the price of greater volatility vis-à-vis the dollar.’
      • ‘Banks simply use incoming currency to reduce liabilities vis-à-vis the central bank and there is no credit creation whatsoever.’
      • ‘The farmers can offload relatively small volumes of produce (organically grown) thus creating a new outlet, vis-à-vis the usual large mass distribution system.’
      • ‘Now as time went on, the US dollar and the Chinese yuan would depreciate vis-à-vis real goods and services.’
      • ‘Normally he will not be under any duty as regards quality of service vis-à-vis the ultimate principal.’
      • ‘As part of her coursework, Deepti did a comparative study of different sports magazines in India vis-à-vis the importance of The Sportstar.’
      • ‘Unlike tiny Singapore, which also uses a currency basket, when China decides to tinker with the value of its currency vis-à-vis others, it will be felt around the world.’
      • ‘How should we understand the moral status of animals vis-à-vis human beings?’
      • ‘Any attempt to highlight the contradiction and hypocrisy of parliamentary entitlements vis-à-vis those available in the real world, is met with muted contempt by the parties.’
      • ‘The rise in the population of the leopard and the imbalance in territoriality vis-à-vis the carrying capacity of the habitat has also caused this versatile animal to adapt itself to the new equations.’
      • ‘Immediately there is a perception by the public that we are neglecting Tramore vis-à-vis Dungarvan, but the fact of the matter is that this is all we can afford to have.’


  • In a position facing a specified or implied subject.

    ‘he was there vis-à-vis with Miss Arundel’
    • ‘But then it came to the point when I had the position right in front of the net with Brad vis-à-vis.’
    • ‘They again advance, and top lady is then left with vis-à-vis gentleman, her partner retiring.’


  • 1A person or group occupying a corresponding position to that of another person or group in a different area or domain; a counterpart.

    ‘his admiration for the US armed services extends to their vis-à-vis, the Russian military’
    • ‘As her vis-à-vis Alfred J. Morganthal, Peter Gerety exudes enough jovial impishness to make imperfect singing easily forgivable.’
  • 2A face-to-face meeting.

    ‘the dreaded vis-à-vis with his boss’


The expression vis-à-vis literally means ‘face to face.’ Avoid using it to mean ‘about, concerning,’ as in he wanted to talk to me vis-à-vis next weekend. In the sense ‘in contrast, comparison, or relation to,’ however, vis-à-vis is generally acceptable: let us consider government regulations vis-à-vis employment rates


Mid 18th century: French, literally face to face from Old French vis face.