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The juxtaposition of clauses or phrases without the use of coordinating or subordinating conjunctions, as It was cold; the snows came.

[Greek, a placing side by side, from paratassein, to arrange side by side : para-, beside; see para-1 + tassein, tag-, to arrange.]

par′a·tac′tic (-tăk′tĭk), par′a·tac′ti·cal (-tĭ-kəl) adj.
par′a·tac′ti·cal·ly adv.


(Grammar) the juxtaposition of clauses in a sentence without the use of a conjunction, as for example None of my friends stayed — they all left early
[C19: New Latin from Greek, from paratassein, literally: to arrange side by side, from para-1 + tassein to arrange]
paratactic, paratactical adj
ˌparaˈtactically adv


(ˌpær əˈtæk sɪs)

the placing together of sentences, clauses, or phrases without using conjunctive words, as Hurry up, it's getting late. Compare hypotaxis.
[1835–45; < New Latin < Greek parátaxis an arranging in order for battle. See para-1, -taxis]
par`a•tac′tic (-ˈtæk tɪk) par`a•tac′ti•cal, adj.
par`a•tac′ti•cal•ly, adv.


arrangement of thoughts as coordinate units in grammatical construction. Cf. hypotaxis.paratactic, adj.
See also: Grammar


[ˌpærəˈtæksɪs] Nparataxis f
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