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1. Sharing an edge or boundary; touching.
2. Neighboring; adjacent.
a. Connecting without a break: the 48 contiguous states.
b. Connected in time; uninterrupted: served two contiguous terms in office.

[From Latin contiguus, from contingere, contig-, to touch; see contact.]

con·tig′u·ous·ly adv.
con·tig′u·ous·ness n.
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Noun1.contiguousness - the attribute of being so near as to be touchingcontiguousness - the attribute of being so near as to be touching
nearness, closeness - the spatial property resulting from a relatively small distance; "the sudden closeness of the dock sent him into action"
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City of Whitehall<br />Case No.: 2017AP684-AC<br />Officials: Stark, P.J, Hruz and Seidl, JJ.<br />Focus: Statutory Contiguousness Claim<br />The Town of Lincoln appeals a grant of summary judgment in favor of the City of Whitehall concerning a grassroots annexation procedure known as "direct annexation by unanimous approval." The Town sought a declaratory judgment that annexation ordinances passed by the City detaching territory from the Town were invalid.
Contiguousness refers to repeatedly occurring of small patterns, right next to each other.
Additional emphases of this document included stressing development of Jindalee over-the-horizon radar with three new stations being planned to facilitate around-the-clock surveillance of Australia's northern approaches, expanding naval surface combat ships from twelve to sixteen or seventeen and developing a new warship class with range and armament to operate in areas beyond Australia's geographic contiguousness; acquiring six new submarines; and establishing the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) as a two ocean fleet with major portions being based in Western Australia.