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[uh-jey-suh nt] /əˈdʒeɪ sənt/
lying near, close, or contiguous; adjoining; neighboring:
a motel adjacent to the highway.
just before, after, or facing:
a map on an adjacent page.
  1. related or very close to a specified topic, activity, etc.:
    While the comment was not outright racist, it was racist-adjacent.
  2. supporting or being an ally of a group or subculture without being a part of it:
    She describes herself as queer-adjacent.
  3. having the traits or interests of a group or subculture without being a part of it:
    Are they full-on geeks or just nerd-adjacent?
Origin of adjacent
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin adjacent- (stem of adjacēns, present participle of adjacēre to adjoin), equivalent to ad- ad- + jac- lie + -ent- -ent
Related forms
adjacently, adverb
nonadjacent, adjective
nonadjacently, adverb
subadjacent, adjective
subadjacently, adverb
superadjacent, adjective
superadjacently, adverb
unadjacent, adjective
unadjacently, adverb
Can be confused
adjacent, adjoining (see synonym study at adjoining)
1. abutting, juxtaposed, touching.
Synonym Study
1. See adjoining. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • From the hill, we could overlook the river, and the adjacent country.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • Nothing happened, though the adjacent portions of the tepee moved.

    White Fang Jack London
  • He loitered about in adjacent doorways, quite like a hired fellow.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • He saw him vault into the saddle, and he saw him vanish into the adjacent woods.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • In a moment they were heard moving noisily in the adjacent room.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for adjacent


being near or close, esp having a common boundary; adjoining; contiguous
  1. (of a pair of vertices in a graph) joined by a common edge
  2. (of a pair of edges in a graph) meeting at a common vertex
(geometry) the side lying between a specified angle and a right angle in a right-angled triangle
Derived Forms
adjacency, noun
adjacently, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin adjacēre to lie next to, from ad- near + jacēre to lie
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Word Origin and History for adjacent

early 15c., from Latin adiacentem (nominative adiacens) "lying at," present participle of adiacere "lie at, border upon, lie near," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + iacere "to lie, rest," literally "to throw" (see jet (v.)), with notion of "to cast (oneself) down."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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