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.’



/präkˈsēmiks/ /prɑkˈsimɪks/


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