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

Example Sentences

the juxtaposed photographs of the country's richest and poorest areas are a telling commentary on inequality
Recent Examples on the Web As debris salvage efforts continued into early 2022, the desire to preserve this unique historical site remain juxtaposed with dreams of someday resurrecting it in another form. Ben Evans, Discover Magazine, 5 Dec. 2022 In theory, the juxtaposed inscriptions should’ve been easy to decipher, as scholars at the time knew ancient Greek and could therefore piece together the hieroglyphic translation based on the Greek message. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Sep. 2022 Cyclists were a recurring theme — Mr. Sempé liked to bike — as were the juxtaposed scenes of lone figures amid huge backdrops. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, 27 Aug. 2022 Benítez de Rodríguez goes about her days now under a strange, juxtaposed life — living in a hotel full of beautiful amenities, and feeling trapped there. Los Angeles Times, 30 June 2022 With the change in societal conditions, media budgets are being spread very differently juxtaposed to pre-pandemic times. Josh Wilson, Forbes, 18 May 2022 Williams is quick to point to two juxtaposed stats: The industry needs 1.1 million drivers over the next 10 years to replace the 1,200 retiring every week in America; Less than 8 percent of all drivers right now are women. Nicole Gull Mcelroy, Fortune, 10 Apr. 2022 The clip showed two juxtaposed videos of a huge explosion in an urban area. Craig Silverman, ProPublica, 8 Mar. 2022 The end of the week brought a pair of juxtaposed market reports to light. Q.ai - Make Genius Money Moves, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 See More

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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 31 Jan. 2023.

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