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liminal

[lim-uh-nl, lahy-muh-] /ˈlɪm ə nl, ˈlaɪ mə-/
adjective, Psychology
1.
of, pertaining to, or situated at the limen.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; < Latin līmin- (stem of līmen) threshold + -al1
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Examples for liminal
  • It's in these liminal spaces that the poet finds himself.
  • liminal moments are times of tension, extreme reactions, and great opportunity.
  • And it is a liminal zone, a place where one life form begins to be alchemized into another.
British Dictionary definitions for liminal

liminal

/ˈlɪmɪnəl/
adjective
1.
(psychol) relating to the point (or threshold) beyond which a sensation becomes too faint to be experienced
Word Origin
C19: from Latin līmen threshold
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Word Origin and History for liminal
liminal
1884, a rare word, from L. limen "threshold." Related: Liminality.
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liminal in Medicine

liminal lim·i·nal (lĭm'ə-nəl)
adj.
Relating to a threshold.

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