actio ad distans


ac·​tio ad di·​stans
variants or actio in distans
: 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


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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