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  1. touching; in contact.
  2. in close proximity without actually touching; near.
  3. adjacent in time: contiguous events.
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Origin of contiguous

1605–15; < Latin contiguus bordering upon, equivalent to con- con- + tig- (variant stem of -tingere, combining form of tangere to touch; see tangent, contingent, contact) + -uus deverbal adj. suffix; cf. -ous, continuous
Related formscon·tig·u·ous·ly, adverbcon·tig·u·ous·ness, nounnon·con·tig·u·ous, adjectivenon·con·tig·u·ous·ly, adverbnon·con·tig·u·ous·ness, nounun·con·tig·u·ous, adjectiveun·con·tig·u·ous·ly, adverbun·con·tig·u·ous·ness, noun


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1. bordering, adjoining, abutting. 2. adjacent.
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Historical Examples

  • The armoury and mint are contiguously situated to St Peter's.

    Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber

    James Aitken Wylie

British Dictionary definitions for contiguously


  1. touching along the side or boundary; in contact
  2. physically adjacent; neighbouring
  3. preceding or following in time
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Derived Formscontiguity (ˌkɒntɪˈɡjuːɪtɪ) or contiguousness, nouncontiguously, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Latin contiguus, from contingere to touch; see contact
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Word Origin and History for contiguously



1610s, from Latin contiguus "near, touching, bordering upon," from root of contingere "to touch upon" (see contact). Earlier form, now obsolete, was contiguate (mid-15c.).

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contiguously in Medicine


  1. Sharing an edge or boundary; touching.
  2. Neighboring; adjacent.
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Related formscon•tigu•ous•ness n.
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