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parallelism

[par-uh-le-liz-uh m, -luh-liz-] /ˈpær ə lɛˌlɪz əm, -ləˌlɪz-/
noun
1.
the position or relation of parallels.
2.
agreement in direction, tendency, or character; the state or condition of being parallel.
3.
a parallel or comparison.
4.
Metaphysics. the doctrine that mental and bodily processes are concomitant, each varying with variation of the other, but that there is no causal relation of interaction between the two.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; parallel + -ism
Related forms
nonparallelism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for par allelism

parallelism

/ˈpærəlɛˌlɪzəm/
noun
1.
the state of being parallel
2.
(grammar) the repetition of a syntactic construction in successive sentences for rhetorical effect
3.
(philosophy) the dualistic doctrine that mental and physical processes are regularly correlated but are not causally connected, so that, for example, pain always accompanies, but is not caused by, a pin-prick Compare interactionism, occasionalism
Derived Forms
parallelist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for par allelism

parallelism

n.

c.1600, from Greek parallelismos, from parallelizein (see parallel).

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