nex·​us | \ ˈnek-səs How to pronounce nexus (audio) \
plural nexuses\ ˈnek-​sə-​səz How to pronounce nexuses (audio) \ or nexus\ ˈnek-​səs How to pronounce nexus (audio) , -​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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Hospitals remain a nexus of Jewish-Palestinian coexistence in an environment where that is increasingly rare, and that’s an aspect the organizations stresses in its U.S. outreach. Ron Kampeas,, "Hadassah banks on bipartisanship in attracting new members," 28 Aug. 2019 Glenwood Road, where Hoover High School, Toll Middle School and Mark Keppel Elementary School are located and separated by less than 100 yards, served as the day’s celebration nexus. Andrew J. Campa, Glendale News-Press, "Glendale Unified kicks off first day of school in style," 21 Aug. 2019 Two day-care centers — Shake, Rattle and Roll Learning Center, and Precious Babies Learning Academy — are located about two blocks from the nexus of the shooting. Maura Ewing, Washington Post, "Suspect surrenders after shooting six police officers in hours-long Philadelphia standoff," 15 Aug. 2019 In the hilly towns around Ashland and Greenup, the nexus between Rusal, Braidy and national security matters little next to the jobs the deal would bring. Simon Shuster/london, Time, "A Kremlin-Linked Firm Invested Millions in Kentucky. Were They After More Than Money?," 13 Aug. 2019 Dell Cameron has a great story about how Amazon’s home security division is rapidly developing a nexus with US police departments. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Why we like fake stuff on Facebook," 2 Aug. 2019 The Moon in the Age of Photography—pinpoints this nexus in cultural history. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "On Apollo 11's 50th anniversary, a new exhibition at the Met explores the moon's place in our cultural imagination.," 10 July 2019 While on paper the cartel trying to corral prices has widened considerably, the nexus of decision making has narrowed. Lauren Silva Laughlin, WSJ, "OPEC’s Partnership Concentrates Power in Riyadh and Moscow," 3 July 2019 There has certainly been enough drama at the nexus of power, money and malfeasance for more than a few seasons of searing TV. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Athletic director resigns at scandal-plagued USC," 10 Sep. 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of nexus

formal : a relationship or connection between people or things


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