personal space


: the distance from another person at which one feels comfortable when talking to or being next to that other person
You are invading my personal space.

Examples of personal space in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Taverner taunts Lamb for his fall from grace, while Lamb responds with vulgar bon mots and a crop dusting of her personal space. Stephen Rodrick, Variety, 29 Nov. 2023 Khalil Mack added two sacks and so did rookie Tuli Tuipulotu as the Chargers’ top three edge rushers simply forced their way into Wilson’s personal space. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 7 Nov. 2023 Common triggers include an inability to recognize people around them, moving into a new environment and sharing personal space with strangers., 28 Aug. 2023 Women are always alert to interlopers in their personal space. TIME, 18 Oct. 2023 Pressure was the Ravens’ real undoing in the first half, with almost every Houston blitz sending a free rusher into Jackson’s personal space. Childs Walker, Baltimore Sun, 11 Sep. 2023 Though wartime newspaper accounts tended to focus on the wounded rather than the men and women working on hospital trains, Taggart’s profile offers a glimpse of the long hours and lack of personal space these individuals faced. Aaron Stern, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Aug. 2023 Dropping it in the very personal space that is the bedroom can bring havoc and mess with intimacy. Yelena Moroz Alpert, House Beautiful, 20 June 2023 My movements feel restricted; my choices feel limited; my personal space feels small; and my everything feels surveilled. Sarah Scoles, Scientific American, 10 July 2023 See More

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“Personal space.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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