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or spa·cial

[spey-shuh l]
  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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Examples from the Web for spatially

Historical Examples

  • Not only spatially, but also in thought we must regard this transition.

    Homer's Odyssey

    Denton J. Snider

  • If it were a focus, there would be no purpose in moving it spatially.

    Fair and Warmer

    E. G. von Wald

  • Thus no one of the 60 announcements which we used was spatially favored above another.

  • An entity merely known as spatially related to some discerned entity is what we mean by the bare idea of ‘place.’

    The Concept of Nature

    Alfred North Whitehead

  • As already pointed out, nature and super-nature were taken as physically and spatially distinct.

British Dictionary definitions for spatially



  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 spatially



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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

spatially 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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