Definition of limen in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈlʌɪmɛn
, ˈliː-/

noun (plural limens or limina /ˈlʌɪmɪnə, ˈliː-/)

  • A threshold below which a stimulus is not perceived or is not distinguished from another.
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    • One enters into ritual time and ritual space by passing over a limen, a threshold, such as one finds at a doorway.
    • Academics call it ‘liminality’, from the Latin limen - the line separating, or failing to separate, Arthur from Martha.
    • The approach of death - or a willed approach to the radius of death - brings the subject to the limen of that void.


mid 17th century: from Latin, 'threshold'.

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