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.
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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