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[par-uh-le-liz-uh m, -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.
  3. a parallel or comparison.
  4. 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.
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Origin of parallelism

First recorded in 1600–10; parallel + -ism
Related formsnon·par·al·lel·ism, noun
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Related Words for parallelism

similarity, effigy, image, replica, portrait, sameness, resemblance, uniformity, equivalence, depiction, affinity, analogy, simile, correspondence, similitude, semblance, form, clone, agreement, Xerox

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Historical Examples of parallelism

  • There is, therefore, usually a parallelism and consistency in their great 5.

    Modern Painters Volume I (of V)

    John Ruskin

  • Or is this merely assigned to them by way of parallelism with men?

  • I cannot persuade myself that this parallelism is an accident or an illusion.

  • But here in Serres' 081doctrine of parallelism a complication enters.

    Form and Function

    E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell

  • The law of parallelism applied not only to Vertebrates but also to Invertebrates.

    Form and Function

    E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell

British Dictionary definitions for parallelism


  1. the state of being parallel
  2. grammar the repetition of a syntactic construction in successive sentences for rhetorical effect
  3. 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-prickCompare interactionism, occasionalism
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Derived Formsparallelist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for parallelism


c.1600, from Greek parallelismos, from parallelizein (see parallel).

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