Definition of parallelism
1 : the quality or state of being parallel the parallelism of architectural figures
3 : repeated syntactical similarities introduced for rhetorical effect biblical poetry relies largely on parallelism of lines — E. P. Sanders
4 : a theory that mind and matter accompany one another but are not causally related
5 : the independent development of a similar trait in related species or lineages following divergence (see divergence 1c) from a common ancestor
Examples of parallelism in a Sentence
There is some degree of parallelism between the lives of the two women.
There is a certain parallelism in the development of the two technologies.
Recent Examples of parallelism from the Web
But whether its convergence or parallelism, what sort of environment selects for intelligence?
The stories had a pleasing parallelism to them — the random travel from place to place, the studious tracking of the specimen.
The parallelism allows qubits to do more calculations simultaneously.
Both businesswomen join the war effort at the same time, fall out of fashion at the same time, and so on, but the parallelism of their careers, signalled by a split-screen set, is too neat and repetitive a theme to sustain two acts.
Parallelism in coding is hard, at times unintuitive, that’s true.
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First Known Use of parallelism
PARALLELISM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of parallelism for English Language Learners
: the fact of being similar in development or form
Medical Definition of parallelism
: a philosophical or psychological doctrine that there is a one-to-one correspondence between events in the mind and events in the brain but that the two sets of events exist without interacting in a causal way—called also psychophysical parallelism
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