Definition of proxemics in English:


plural noun

treated as singular
  • The branch of knowledge that deals with the amount of space that people feel it necessary to set between themselves and others.

    • ‘After analyzing logs from V-Chat sessions, Microsoft Research found that ‘Overall, V-Chat users appear to be using the 3D features of the program to reproduce the social conventions of physical proxemics.’’
    • ‘Hall discussed this as proxemics, which, he said, is the study of ‘man's use of space as a specialised elaboration of culture ’.’
    • ‘It is close to proxemics in the sense that the actors in the milieu will establish a hierarchy among the resources located nearby and those that are farther away.’
    • ‘Now, the bonds were there, but the proxemics had shifted, and it was beginning to dawn that we couldn't keep up our mutual holding pattern forever.’
    • ‘Proxemics and status, as it equates to gender, finds that males in a male/female dyad are typically accorded higher status because of apparent control over territory, desirable territory, and being accorded the privilege of dominating and violating norms.’


1960s from proximity, on the pattern of words such as phonemics.