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Dictionary Definition

parallelism n : similarity by virtue of correspondence [syn: correspondence]

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  1. The state or condition of being parallel; agreement in direction, tendency, or character.
  2. Agreement or similarity; resemblance; correspondence; analogy; likeness.
  3. A parallel position; the relation of parallels.
  4. The juxtaposition of two or more identical or equivalent syntactic constructions, especially those expressing the same sentiment with slight modifications, introduced for rhetorical effect.
  5. The doctrine that matter and mind do not causally interact but that physiological events in the brain or body nonetheless occur simultaneously with matching events in the mind.


state or condition of being parallel
agreement, similarity, resemblance
parallel position


  • Dictionary of Philosophy, Dagobert D. Runes (ed.), Philosophical Library, 1962. See: "Parallelism" by J. J. Rolbiecki, p. 225.

Extensive Definition

Parallelism may refer to:

See also

parallelism in German: Parallelismus
parallelism in Spanish: Paralelismo
parallelism in French: Parallélisme
parallelism in Dutch: Parallellisme
parallelism in Polish: Paralelizm
parallelism in Russian: Параллелизм
parallelism in Finnish: Parallelismi
parallelism in Ukrainian: Паралелізм

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

accompaniment, accord, accordance, affinity, agreement, alikeness, allegory, alliance, analogy, aping, approach, approximation, assent, assimilation, balance, balancing, bilateral symmetry, chorus, closeness, co-occurrence, coequality, coextension, coherence, coincidence, community, comparability, comparative anatomy, comparative degree, comparative grammar, comparative judgment, comparative linguistics, comparative literature, comparative method, compare, comparing, comparison, compatibility, concert, concomitance, concomitancy, concord, concordance, concurrence, conformance, conformation, conformity, confrontation, confrontment, congeniality, congruence, congruency, congruity, consistency, consonance, consort, contrast, contrastiveness, cooperation, copying, correlation, correspondence, distinction, distinctiveness, dynamic symmetry, equality, equation, equilibrium, equipoise, equipollence, equiponderance, equity, equivalence, equivalency, eurythmics, eurythmy, evenness, finish, harmony, identity, imitation, intersection, justice, keeping, levelness, likeness, likening, matching, metaphor, mimicking, multilateral symmetry, nearness, oneness, opposing, opposition, overlap, par, parity, peace, poise, polarity, proportion, proportionality, rapport, regularity, relation, resemblance, sameness, self-consistency, semblance, shapeliness, similarity, simile, similitude, simulation, simultaneity, symmetricalness, symmetry, sync, synchronism, tally, timing, togetherness, trilateral symmetry, trope of comparison, uniformity, union, unison, unisonance, weighing, withness
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