nexus

noun nex·us \ ˈnek-səs \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of nexus

plural nexuses play \ˈnek-sə-səz\ or nexus play \ˈnek-səs, -ˌsüs\
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

  1. the oft-repeated claim that any person on the planet can be connected to any other person through a nexus of six relationships

  2. as the nexus for three great religions, Jerusalem has had a troubled as well as illustrious history

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Origin and Etymology of nexus

Latin, from nectere to bind


NEXUS Defined for English Language Learners

nexus

noun

Definition of nexus for English Language Learners

  • : a relationship or connection between people or things


Medical Dictionary

nexus

noun nex·us \ ˈnek-səs \

medical Definition of nexus

plural nexuses play \-sə-səz\ or nexus play \-səs, -ˌsüs\
1 : a connection or link
2 : a connected group or series

Law Dictionary

nexus

noun nex·us \ ˈnek-səs \

legal Definition of nexus

plural nexuses or nexus play \-səs, -ˌsüs\
: a connection or link between things, persons, or events especially that is or is part of a chain of causation

Origin and Etymology of nexus

Latin, bond, tie, from nectere to bind



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