[ sur-kuh m-jey-suh nt ]
/ ˌsɜr kəmˈdʒeɪ sənt /


lying around; surrounding.

Origin of circumjacent

1480–90; < Latin circumjacent- (stem of circumjacēns, present participle of circumjacēre to lie around), equivalent to circum- circum- + jac- lie + -ent- -ent
Related formscir·cum·ja·cence, cir·cum·ja·cen·cy, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for circumjacent



late 15c., from Latin circumiacens, present participle of circumiacere "to border upon, to lie round about, enjoin," from circum- "around" (see circum-) + iacere "to throw, cast, hurl" (see jet (v.)). Related: Circumjacence; circumjacency.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper