Definition of kinesics in English:

kinesics

Line breaks: kin|es¦ics
Pronunciation: /kɪˈniːsɪks
 
, kʌɪ-/

noun

[usually treated as singular]
  • 1The study of the way in which certain body movements and gestures serve as a form of non-verbal communication.
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    • Other kinds of human communication [besides speech] are sometimes called language: body language, or kinesics, is one example.
    • This was unfortunate as it narrowed the scope of the potential field, separating kinesics from much that was of interest to mainstream anthropology.
    • After conducting fieldwork together in New Guinea, Bateson and Mead coproduced ethnographic films and photodocumentation of Balinese kinesics.
  • 1.1 [usually treated as plural] Body movements and gestures regarded as a form of non-verbal communication.
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    • Mr. O was showing and acknowledging a greater affective range, both verbally and in his kinesics.
    • The anatomical characteristics of a person have a definite bearing on our perception of his or her kinesics.

Origin

1950s: from Greek kinēsis 'motion' (from kinein 'to move') + -ics.

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