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vis-à-vis

Syllabification: vis-à-vis
Pronunciation: /ˌvēzəˈvē
 
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Definition of vis-à-vis in English:

preposition

1In relation to; with regard to: many agencies now have a unit to deal with women’s needs vis-à-vis employment
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  • 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?
  • 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?
  • Is this making them re-evaluate their foreign relations policy, vis-à-vis Iran, for example?
1.1As compared with; as opposed to: the advantage for U.S. exports is the value of the dollar vis-à-vis other currencies
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  • But such ‘stability’ would have been achieved at the price of greater volatility vis-à-vis the dollar.
  • Since its launch in October, 2003, the new dinar has preserved its value vis-à-vis the U.S. dollar and other major countries.
  • 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.

adverb

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

noun (plural same)

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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
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  • 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

Origin

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

Usage

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.

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