actio ad distans

noun

ac·​tio ad di·​stans
-ˌad-ˈdi-ˌstanz,
-ˌäd-ˈdi-ˌstän(t)s
variants or actio in distans
-ˌin-ˈdi-
: action at a distance or without contact
Leibnitz held that the apparent physical impossibility of actio ad distans was an objection to gravitation

Word History

Etymology

New Latin

First Known Use

1717, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of actio ad distans was in 1717

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“Actio ad distans.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/actio%20ad%20distans. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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