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[sur-kuh m-jey-suh nt]
  1. lying around; surrounding.
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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
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Examples from the Web for circumjacent

Historical Examples of circumjacent

  • They were circumjacent, and each might take a portion convenient to his own territory.

    Political Pamphlets

    George Saintsbury

  • The circumjacent plains are filled with the legions of Rome.


    William Ware

  • The worship there paid to their supreme God was famous throughout the circumjacent countries.

  • Upon the principal building stands a turret, which commands an extensive view over the town and circumjacent country.

    Travels Through North America, v. 1-2

    Berhard Saxe-Weimar Eisenach

  • New fissures showed themselves up to the vicinity of Nicolosi, and the lava flowed in great waves over the circumjacent lands.

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.

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