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

WATCH NOW: What Does "Juxtaposition" Actually Mean?

WATCH NOW: What Does "Juxtaposition" Actually Mean?

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



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.

Nearby words

  1. juxtaepiphysial,
  2. juxtaglomerular,
  3. juxtaglomerular cell,
  4. juxtaglomerular granule,
  5. juxtapose,
  6. juárez,
  7. juárez, benito,
  8. jv,
  9. jwlr.,
  10. jwv

Origin of juxtaposition

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

Related formsjux·ta·po·si·tion·al, adjective

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Word Origin and History for juxtaposition



1660s, from French juxtaposition (1660s), from Latin iuxta "beside, near" + French position (see position (n.)). Latin iuxta is a contraction of *iugista (adv.), superlative of adjective *iugos "closely connected," from stem of iugum "yoke," from iungere "to join" (see jugular).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for juxtaposition


[ jŭk′stə-pə-zĭshən ]


The state of being placed or situated side by side.

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