actio ad distans

ac·tio ad di·stans | \-ˌad-ˈdi-ˌstanz, -ˌäd-ˈdi-ˌstän(t)s\
variants: or actio in distans \-ˌin-ˈdi- \

Definition of actio ad distans 

: action at a distance or without contact Leibnitz held that the apparent physical impossibility of actio ad distans was an objection to gravitation

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First Known Use of actio ad distans

1717, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for actio ad distans

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