jux·​ta·​posed ˈjək-stə-ˌpōzd How to pronounce juxtaposed (audio)
: placed side by side : being in juxtaposition
Choose the Right Synonym for juxtaposed

adjacent, adjoining, contiguous, juxtaposed mean being in close proximity.

adjacent may or may not imply contact but always implies absence of anything of the same kind in between.

a house with an adjacent garage

adjoining definitely implies meeting and touching at some point or line.

had adjoining rooms at the hotel

contiguous implies having contact on all or most of one side.

offices in all 48 contiguous states

juxtaposed means placed side by side especially so as to permit comparison and contrast.

a skyscraper juxtaposed to a church

Examples of juxtaposed in a Sentence

the juxtaposed photographs of the country's richest and poorest areas are a telling commentary on inequality
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Word History


see juxtapose

First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of juxtaposed was in 1862

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“Juxtaposed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/juxtaposed. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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