prox·​e·​mics | \ präk-ˈsē-miks How to pronounce proxemics (audio) \

Definition of proxemics

: the study of the nature, degree, and effect of the spatial separation individuals naturally maintain (as in various social and interpersonal situations) and of how this separation relates to environmental and cultural factors

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Other Words from proxemics

proxemic \ präk-​ˈsē-​mik How to pronounce proxemic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of proxemics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kasper studies proxemics, the science of how much space people need between each other to feel comfortable. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Cleveland Institute of Art’s ‘Title TBD’ show surveys artists’ survival strategies in an age of anxiety," 6 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of proxemics

1963, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for proxemics

proximity + -emics (as in phonemics)

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The first known use of proxemics was in 1963

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9 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Proxemics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/proxemics. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for proxemics

proxemics

noun plural but singular or plural in construction
prox·​e·​mics | \ präk-ˈsē-miks How to pronounce proxemics (audio) \

Medical Definition of proxemics

: the study of the nature, degree, and effect of the spatial separation individuals naturally maintain (as in various social and interpersonal situations) and of how this separation relates to environmental and cultural factors

Other Words from proxemics

proxemic \ -​mik How to pronounce proxemic (audio) \ adjective

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