- the position or relation of parallels.
- agreement in direction, tendency, or character; the state or condition of being parallel.
- a parallel or comparison.
- Metaphysics. the doctrine that mental and bodily processes are concomitant, each varying with variation of the other, but that there is no causal relation of interaction between the two.
- the state of being parallel
- grammar the repetition of a syntactic construction in successive sentences for rhetorical effect
- philosophy the dualistic doctrine that mental and physical processes are regularly correlated but are not causally connected, so that, for example, pain always accompanies, but is not caused by, a pin-prickCompare interactionism, occasionalism
n.c.1600, from Greek parallelismos, from parallelizein (see parallel).