[ par-uh-tak-sis ]
/ ˌpær əˈtæk sɪs /

noun Grammar.

the placing together of sentences, clauses, or phrases without a conjunctive word or words, as Hurry up, it is getting late! I came—I saw—I conquered.
Compare hypotaxis.

Origin of parataxis

1835–45; < New Latin < Greek parátaxis an arranging in order for battle. See para-1, -taxis
Related formspar·a·tac·tic [par-uh-tak-tik] /ˌpær əˈtæk tɪk/, par·a·tac·ti·cal, adjectivepar·a·tac·ti·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for parataxis


/ (ˌpærəˈtæksɪs) /


the juxtaposition of clauses in a sentence without the use of a conjunction, as for example None of my friends stayed — they all left early
Derived Formsparatactic (ˌpærəˈtæktɪk), adjectiveparatactically, adverb

Word Origin for parataxis

C19: New Latin from Greek, from paratassein, literally: to arrange side by side, from para- 1 + tassein to arrange
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Word Origin and History for parataxis



1838, from Greek parataxis "a placing side by side, a placing in line of battle," from stem of paratassein "to place side by side," from para- "beside" (see para- (1)) + tassein "to arrange" (see tactics). Related: Paratactic.

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