Definition of linkage
2 : the quality or state of being linked; especially : the relationship between genes on the same chromosome that causes them to be inherited together — compare mendel's law 2
3 : a system of links; especially : a system of links or bars which are jointed together and more or less constrained by having a link or links fixed and by means of which straight or nearly straight lines or other point paths may be traced
4 : link 2b
5 : the tactic in diplomatic negotiations of linking often unrelated issues so that progress in one area is dependent on agreement in another
Examples of linkage in a Sentence
linkages between population growth and disease
the accountants noticed a linkage between the two supposedly independent companies
Recent Examples of linkage from the Web
By examining innovations in proximity to one another, Fehring exposes the linkages between Milwaukee's engineering achievements.
For all of the complaints about that linkage, the 2003–16 period produced a fairly interesting and competitive slate of games even if the 11–3 tilt towards the AL was lopsided.
This mythology established linkages between Turks, the Turkish language, and the land.
The votes cast by individual Republican incumbents may be more important to their survival than any linkage with the president.
Republicans in the Senate did not like that linkage, and would only vote for mayoral control if the number of charter schools in the state was increased, an idea that was, in turn, a non-starter for Assembly Democrats.
The most telling of the recommendations is that STAR ought to have created better ways to track the linkages between grants, fellowships, publications, and public benefits.
More research remains to be done on the nature of the linkage between domestic violence and sexual crimes and acts of political violence.
Many other countries don’t have the same linkages between job loss and declines in test scores and college attendance.
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Definition of linkage for English Language Learners
: a connection or relationship between two or more things
: a part that connects two or more things
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