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[juhk-stuh-puh-zish-uh n] /ˌdʒʌk stə pəˈzɪʃ ən/
an act or instance of placing close together or side by side, especially for comparison or contrast.
the state of being close together or side by side.
1655-65; < French < Latin juxtā side by side + French position position
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juxtapositional, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for juxtapositions
  • These juxtapositions inevitably focus on the shortcomings of the prescriptive system with respect to performance-based design.
  • The result is a refreshing display of thoughtful pairings and juxtapositions, including works by some lesser-known artists.
  • It is disorienting both because of dark and bright juxtapositions and the discontinuities in the diurnal motion.
  • It gives visitors a chance to take in a country full of juxtapositions.
  • He has turned to lab equipment and industrial food additives, pursuing quirky juxtapositions of flavor and texture.
  • The otherworldliness of the scene serves only to heighten the bizarre juxtapositions on the table.
  • Her surreal juxtapositions invite the audience to make intellectual connections.
  • To the outsider, these are unsettling juxtapositions.
  • Illustrates diagram syntax notation and provides a method for juxtapositions to be included in larger structures.
  • These juxtapositions are common in rural residential development.
Word Origin and History for juxtapositions



1660s, from French juxtaposition (1660s), from Latin iuxta "beside, near" + French position (see position (n.)). Latin iuxta is a contraction of *iugista (adv.), superlative of adjective *iugos "closely connected," from stem of iugum "yoke," from iungere "to join" (see jugular).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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juxtapositions in Medicine

juxtaposition jux·ta·po·si·tion (jŭk'stə-pə-zĭsh'ən)
The state of being placed or situated side by side.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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