[ par-uh-le-liz-uhm, -luh-liz- ]
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  1. the position or relation of parallels.

  2. agreement in direction, tendency, or character; the state or condition of being parallel.

  1. a parallel or comparison.

  2. Metaphysics. the doctrine that mental and bodily processes are concomitant, each varying with variation of the other, but that there is no causal relation of interaction between the two.

Origin of parallelism

First recorded in 1600–10; parallel + -ism

Other words from parallelism

  • non·par·al·lel·ism, noun

Words Nearby parallelism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for parallelism


/ (ˈpærəlɛˌlɪzəm) /

  1. the state of being parallel

  2. grammar the repetition of a syntactic construction in successive sentences for rhetorical effect

  1. philosophy the dualistic doctrine that mental and physical processes are regularly correlated but are not causally connected, so that, for example, pain always accompanies, but is not caused by, a pin-prick: Compare interactionism, occasionalism

Derived forms of parallelism

  • parallelist, noun, adjective

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