adjacent

[ uh-jey-suhnt ]
/ əˈdʒeɪ sənt /

adjective

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?

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Origin of adjacent

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Latin adjacent- (stem of adjacēns, present participle of adjacēre “to adjoin”), equivalent to ad- “toward” (see ad-) + jac- “lie” + -ent- adjective suffix (see -ent)

SYNONYMS FOR adjacent

1 abutting, juxtaposed, touching.

synonym study for adjacent

1. See adjoining.

OTHER WORDS FROM adjacent

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH adjacent

adjacent , adjoining(see synonym study at adjoining).
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Example sentences from the Web for adjacent

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

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British Dictionary definitions for adjacent

adjacent
/ (əˈdʒeɪsənt) /

adjective

being near or close, esp having a common boundary; adjoining; contiguous
maths
  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

noun

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

Derived forms of adjacent

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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