be·​tween·​ness | \ bi-ˈtwēn-nəs How to pronounce betweenness (audio) , bē- \

Definition of betweenness

: the quality or state of being between two others in an ordered mathematical set

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Recent Examples on the Web That sense of in-betweenness was an important theme of this series of portraits, which were photographed on the rooftop of my apartment building and inside my living room. Vogue, "The Nigerian-American Siblings Using Traditional Family Portraiture to Celebrate Their Heritage," 1 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of betweenness

1881, in the meaning defined above

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“Betweenness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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