nex·​us | \ ˈnek-səs How to pronounce nexus (audio) \
plural nexuses\ ˈnek-​sə-​səz How to pronounce nexus (audio) \ or nexus\ ˈnek-​səs How to pronounce nexus (audio) , -​ˌsüs \

Essential Meaning of nexus

formal : a relationship or connection between people or things

Full Definition of nexus

1 : connection, link the nexus between teachers and students also : a causal link the nexus between poverty and crime
2 : a connected group or series a nexus of theories a nexus of relationships
3 : center, focus The bookstore has become something of a nexus for the downtown neighborhood.— Jane Smiley

Examples of nexus in a Sentence

the oft-repeated claim that any person on the planet can be connected to any other person through a nexus of six relationships as the nexus for three great religions, Jerusalem has had a troubled as well as illustrious history
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First Known Use of nexus

1663, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nexus

Latin, from nectere to bind

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“Nexus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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nex·​us | \ ˈnek-səs How to pronounce nexus (audio) \
plural nexuses\ -​sə-​səz How to pronounce nexus (audio) \ or nexus\ -​səs, -​ˌsüs How to pronounce nexus (audio) \

Medical Definition of nexus

1 : a connection or link
2 : a connected group or series


nex·​us | \ ˈnek-səs How to pronounce nexus (audio) \
plural nexuses or nexus\ -​səs, -​ˌsüs How to pronounce nexus (audio) \

Legal Definition of nexus

: a connection or link between things, persons, or events especially that is or is part of a chain of causation

History and Etymology for nexus

Latin, bond, tie, from nectere to bind

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