Definition of Parallelism

1. Noun. Similarity by virtue of corresponding.

Exact synonyms: Correspondence
Generic synonyms: Similarity
Derivative terms: Correspondent

Definition of Parallelism

1. n. The quality or state of being parallel.

Definition of Parallelism

1. Noun. The state or condition of being parallel; agreement in direction, tendency, or character. ¹

2. Noun. The state of being in agreement or similarity; resemblance, correspondence, analogy. ¹

3. Noun. A parallel position; the relation of parallels. ¹

4. Noun. (rhetoric grammar) The juxtaposition of two or more identical or equivalent syntactic constructions, especially those expressing the same sentiment with slight modifications, introduced for rhetorical effect. ¹

5. Noun. (philosophy) The doctrine that matter and mind do not causally interact but that physiological events in the brain or body nonetheless occur simultaneously with matching events in the mind. ¹

6. Noun. (legal) In antitrust law, the practice of competitors of raising prices by roughly the same amount at roughly the same time, without engaging in a formal agreement to do so. ¹

7. Noun. (biology) Similarity of features between two species resulting from their having taken similar evolutionary paths following their initial divergence from a common ancestor. ¹

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Definition of Parallelism

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Medical Definition of Parallelism

1. 1. The state of being structurally parallel. 2. In psychology, the mind-body doctrine that for every conscious process there is a corresponding or parallel organic process, without asserting a causal interrelation between the two. Origin: para-+ G. Allelon, of one another, fr. Allos, other (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Parallelism

parallel track
parallel universe
parallel universes
parallelism (current term)

Literary usage of Parallelism

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1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"I. Synonymous parallelism. — The very same thought is repeated, at times in the very same words. The following examples, being close translations of the ..."

2. The Primary Factors of Organic Evolution by Edward Drinker Cope (1904)
"When the transitional stage of the higher only resembles the lower form in some one or more features, but not in all, the parallelism is said to be "inexact ..."

3. Dictionary of the Bible: Comprising Its Antiquities, Biography, Geography by William Smith, Horatio Balch Hackett, Ezra Abbot (1872)
"Synthetic or constructive parallelism, where the parallel " consists only in the similar form of construction; in which word does not answer to word, ..."

4. The Genesis of Art-form: An Essay in Comparative æsthetics Showing the by George Lansing Raymond (1893)
"Introduction—Poetic Central-Point in the Climax—-Setting in the Digression—Illustrations—parallelism in Metaphors and Similes—In what is Termed ..."

5. Dr. William Smith's Dictionary of the Bible: Comprising Its Antiquities by William Smith (1892)
"Tbc illustration of synthetic parallelism quoted by Ge» enius is Ps. ... To the three kinds of parallelism above described Jebb adds a fourth, ..."

6. The Americana: A Universal Reference Library, Comprising the Arts and ...edited by Frederick Converse Beach, George Edwin Rines edited by Frederick Converse Beach, George Edwin Rines (1912)
"A synonymous parallelism is one in which all the members express, each one, ... Such a parallelism appears in the simple parallelism of Psalm iii. ..."

7. An Introduction to the Critical Study and Knowledge of the Holy Scriptures by Thomas Hartwell Horne (1841)
"32-, the next quotation is original, and affords an exact, though somewhat peculiar specimen of parallelism, its composition nearly resembling that of the ..."

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