1. lying near, close, or contiguous; adjoining; neighboring: a motel adjacent to the highway.
  2. just before, after, or facing: a map on an adjacent page.
  3. (used in combination)
    1. related or very close to a specified topic, activity, etc.: While the comment was not outright racist, it was racist-adjacent.
    2. supporting or being an ally of a group or subculture without being a part of it: She describes herself as queer-adjacent.
    3. having the traits or interests of a group or subculture without being a part of it: Are they full-on geeks or just nerd-adjacent?

Origin of adjacent

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin adjacent- (stem of adjacēns, present participle of adjacēre to adjoin), equivalent to ad- ad- + jac- lie + -ent- -ent
Related formsad·ja·cent·ly, adverbnon·ad·ja·cent, adjectivenon·ad·ja·cent·ly, adverbsub·ad·ja·cent, adjectivesub·ad·ja·cent·ly, adverbsu·per·ad·ja·cent, adjectivesu·per·ad·ja·cent·ly, adverbun·ad·ja·cent, adjectiveun·ad·ja·cent·ly, adverb
Can be confusedadjacent adjoining (see synonym study at adjoining)

Synonyms for adjacent

1. abutting, juxtaposed, touching.

Synonym study

1. See adjoining.

Antonyms for adjacent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for nonadjacent


  1. being near or close, esp having a common boundary; adjoining; contiguous
  2. maths
    1. (of a pair of vertices in a graph) joined by a common edge
    2. (of a pair of edges in a graph) meeting at a common vertex
  1. geometry the side lying between a specified angle and a right angle in a right-angled triangle
Derived Formsadjacency, nounadjacently, adverb

Word Origin for adjacent

C15: from Latin adjacēre to lie next to, from ad- near + jacēre to lie
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Word Origin and History for nonadjacent



early 15c., from Latin adiacentem (nominative adiacens) "lying at," present participle of adiacere "lie at, border upon, lie near," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + iacere "to lie, rest," literally "to throw" (see jet (v.)), with notion of "to cast (oneself) down."

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