[ uh-jey-suhnt ]
/ əˈdʒeɪ sənt /


lying near, close, or contiguous; adjoining; neighboring: a motel adjacent to the highway.
just before, after, or facing: a map on an adjacent page.
(used in combination)
  1. related or very close to a specified topic, activity, etc.: While the comment was not outright racist, it was racist-adjacent.
  2. supporting or being an ally of a group or subculture without being a part of it: She describes herself as queer-adjacent.
  3. having the traits or interests of a group or subculture without being a part of it: Are they full-on geeks or just nerd-adjacent?

Origin of adjacent

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin adjacent- (stem of adjacēns, present participle of adjacēre to adjoin), equivalent to ad- ad- + jac- lie + -ent- -ent


1 abutting, juxtaposed, touching.


Related forms

Can be confused

adjacent adjoining (see synonym study at adjoining)

Synonym study

1. See adjoining. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for adjacently

  • Adjacently, on the upper reaches of Broadway, Ma Tamby was shopping.

    The Paliser case|Edgar Saltus

British Dictionary definitions for adjacently


/ (əˈdʒeɪsənt) /


being near or close, esp having a common boundary; adjoining; contiguous
  1. (of a pair of vertices in a graph) joined by a common edge
  2. (of a pair of edges in a graph) meeting at a common vertex


geometry the side lying between a specified angle and a right angle in a right-angled triangle

Derived Forms

adjacency, nounadjacently, adverb

Word Origin for adjacent

C15: from Latin adjacēre to lie next to, from ad- near + jacēre to lie
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