juxtaposition

[ juhk-stuh-puh-zish-uh n ]
/ ˌdʒʌk stə pəˈzɪʃ ən /

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When you place things side-by-side, you automatically start comparing because the differences are highlighted. And, there's a word for that: "juxtaposition."

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noun

an act or instance of placing close together or side by side, especially for comparison or contrast.
the state of being close together or side by side.

Origin of juxtaposition

1655–65; < French < Latin juxtā side by side + French position position

Related forms

jux·ta·po·si·tion·al, adjective
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Medicine definitions for juxtaposition

juxtaposition

[ jŭk′stə-pə-zĭshən ]

n.

The state of being placed or situated side by side.

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