[par-uh-le-liz-uh m, -luh-liz-]
- the position or relation of parallels.
- agreement in direction, tendency, or character; the state or condition of being parallel.
- a parallel or comparison.
- Metaphysics. the doctrine that mental and bodily processes are concomitant, each varying with variation of the other, but that there is no causal relation of interaction between the two.
Origin of parallelism
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Examples from the Web for parallelism
There is, therefore, usually a parallelism and consistency in their great 5.Modern Painters Volume I (of V)
Or is this merely assigned to them by way of parallelism with men?Phaedrus
I cannot persuade myself that this parallelism is an accident or an illusion.On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection
But here in Serres' 081doctrine of parallelism a complication enters.
The law of parallelism applied not only to Vertebrates but also to Invertebrates.
- the state of being parallel
- grammar the repetition of a syntactic construction in successive sentences for rhetorical effect
- philosophy the dualistic doctrine that mental and physical processes are regularly correlated but are not causally connected, so that, for example, pain always accompanies, but is not caused by, a pin-prickCompare interactionism, occasionalism
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Word Origin and History for parallelism
c.1600, from Greek parallelismos, from parallelizein (see parallel).
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