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or spa·cial

[spey-shuh l]
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  1. of or relating to space.
  2. existing or occurring in space; having extension in space.
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Origin of spatial

1840–50; < Latin spati(um) space + -al1
Related formsspa·ti·al·i·ty [spey-shee-al-i-tee] /ˌspeɪ ʃiˈæl ɪ ti/, nounspa·tial·ly, adverbnon·spa·tial, adjectivenon·spa·tial·ly, adverbnon·spa·ti·al·i·ty, nounqua·si-spa·tial, adjectivequa·si-spa·tial·ly, adverbun·spa·tial, adjectiveun·spa·tial·ly, adverbun·spa·ti·al·i·ty, noun
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Related Words for spatial

geographical, structural, contiguous

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British Dictionary definitions for spatial



  1. of or relating to space
  2. existing or happening in space
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Derived Formsspatiality (ˌspeɪʃɪˈælɪtɪ), nounspatially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for spatial


1847, from Latin spatium + adjectival suffix -al (1); formed in English as an adjective to space (n.), to go with temporal.

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spatial in Medicine


  1. Relating to space or a space.
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Related formsspa′ti•ali•ty (spā′shē-ălĭ-tē) n.spatial•ly adv.
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