Definition of contiguity in English:


Line breaks: con|tigu¦ity
Pronunciation: /ˌkɒntɪˈgjuːɪti


[mass noun]
  • 1The state of bordering or being in contact with something: nations bound together by geographical contiguity
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    • 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.
    • Their geographical contiguity must have come to be regarded as a zone of political proximity if not a frontier or border of some kind.
    • 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.
  • 1.1 Psychology The sequential occurrence or proximity of stimulus and response, causing their association in the mind: contiguity is necessary in all forms of learning
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    • 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.
    • 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.
    • At the same time, through similarity and contiguity, the infant constellates the child archetype in the mother.


early 16th century: from late Latin contiguitas, from Latin contiguus 'touching' (see contiguous).

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