AskDefine | Define juxtaposition

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1 the act of positioning close together (or side by side); "it is the result of the juxtaposition of contrasting colors" [syn: apposition, collocation]
2 a side-by-side position

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From etyl fr juxtaposition, from etyl la juxta + French position.


  • a UK /dʒʌkstəpəˈzɪʃən/


  1. A placing or being placed in nearness or contiguity, or side by side, often done in order to compare/contrast the two, to show similarities or differences.
    Parts that are united by a mere juxtaposition. -Glanvill.
    Juxtaposition is a very unsafe criterion of continuity. -Hare.
  2. An absence of linking elements in a group of words that are listed together.
    mother father instead of mother and father
  3. In the context of "arts|literature": Two or more contrasting sounds, registers, styles etc. placed together for stylistic effect.
  4. A logical fallacy on the part of the observer, where two items placed next to each other imply a correlation, when none is actually claimed.
  5. An absence of multiplication symbols.
    ab instead of a x b


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  • DeLone et. al. (Eds.) (1975). Aspects of Twentieth-Century Music. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall. ISBN 0130493465. Music.

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Juxtaposition may refer to:
Juxtaposition may also mean:
juxtaposition in French: Juxtaposition
juxtaposition in German: Juxtaposition

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