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[spey-shuh l] /ˈspeɪ ʃəl/
of or relating to space.
existing or occurring in space; having extension in space.
Also, spacial.
Origin of spatial
1840-50; < Latin spati(um) space + -al1
Related forms
[spey-shee-al-i-tee] /ˌspeɪ ʃiˈæl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
spatially, adverb
nonspatial, adjective
nonspatially, adverb
nonspatiality, noun
quasi-spatial, adjective
quasi-spatially, adverb
unspatial, adjective
unspatially, adverb
unspatiality, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for spatial
  • Dear believes that the region's spatial arrangements reveal something of its social ones.
  • Additionally, placing these characters in a specific spatial context revealed important details related to their characterization.
  • Those send signals to the brain, which conceptualizes smells as spatial patterns.
  • As adults move into older age, the spatial and social barriers they encounter start taking their toll.
  • And, anyway, more important than any spatial dimension is weight.
  • For the first time, the blind can actually get spatial information about something.
  • Using public spatial data, he pulled maps that showed all of the building footprints across the city.
  • It's actually not confined by spatial limitations and so can scale up almost infinitely.
  • Similar scores were observed for spatial memory and eye-hand coordination.
  • The writer describes one of his landscapes, which has strange spatial relations.
British Dictionary definitions for spatial


of or relating to space
existing or happening in space
Derived Forms
spatiality (ˌspeɪʃɪˈælɪtɪ) noun
spatially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for spatial

1847, from Latin spatium + adjectival suffix -al (1); formed in English as an adjective to space (n.), to go with temporal.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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spatial in Medicine

spatial spa·tial or spa·cial (spā'shəl)
Relating to space or a space.

spa'ti·al'i·ty (spā'shē-āl'ĭ-tē) n.
spa'tial·ly adv.
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