nex·us | \ˈnek-səs \
plural nexuses\ˈnek-sə-səz \ or nexus\ˈnek-səs, -ˌsüs \

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

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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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Based on the acclaimed 2006 novel of the same name by Vikram Chandra, Sacred Games revolves around the nexus of politics and the Mumbai underworld and also includes bits of news footage spanning some four decades of the country's political history. Nyay Bhushan, The Hollywood Reporter, "Netflix Series Faces Legal Case Over Portrayal of Ex-India Prime Minister," 13 July 2018 Silicon Valley, with its nexus of big tech firms, research labs and venture investors, is a prime target. Li Yuan, WSJ, "China Mines Silicon Valley for Tech Talent," 26 June 2018 Her exploration of Calpurnia and her past would become the nexus of the new story! New York Times, "Letters to the Editor," 6 July 2018 Chicago has become a nexus of summer festivals, from Lollapalooza to the Pitchfork Musical Festival, with beer, wine and liquor sponsors pulling out all the stops to join the party. Robert Channick,, "Brand-a-palooza: Summer festivals give sponsors a platform to sell experiences — and more stuff," 14 June 2018 Swift said there's a reasonable nexus between the restrictions Medenbach faces on probation and his past history. Maxine Bernstein,, "Appeals panel hears Ken Medenbach's challenge of travel, other probation restrictions," 8 June 2018 Defenders of the North Atlantic nexus, unable to respond to the first question, have rushed to propose an answer to the second. Peter Slezkine, The New Republic, "What Happened to the “Free World”?," 22 May 2018 Nonetheless the nexus of business and politics is central to India’s future. The Economist, "The tycoons who are powering India’s rise," 5 July 2018 But all this is, Paul, is expanding the nexus of who is allowed to band together and offer health insurance. Fox News, "Trump escalates trade war tensions with tariff threat," 24 June 2018

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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

Latin, bond, tie, from nectere to bind

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English Language Learners Definition of nexus

: a relationship or connection between people or things


nex·us | \ˈnek-səs \
plural nexuses\-sə-səz \ or nexus\-səs, -ˌsüs \

Medical Definition of nexus 

1 : a connection or link

2 : a connected group or series


nex·us | \ˈnek-səs \
plural nexuses or nexus\-səs, -ˌsüs \

Legal Definition of nexus 

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

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a state of commotion or excitement

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