liminal

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin liminalis, from limen, "threshold", + -alis, adjective ending

Adjective[edit]

liminal (comparative more liminal, superlative most liminal)

  1. Of or pertaining to a threshold or entrance.
  2. Of or pertainng to a beginning or first stage of a process; inceptive; inchoative; marginal.

Quotations[edit]

  • 1888, James Sully, Outlines of psychology, p. 114:
    Every stimulus must reach a certain intensity before any appreciable sensation results. This point is known as the threshold or liminal intensity.
  • 1999, Sarah Iles Johnston, Restless Dead, p. 209:
    Second, spaces such as the threshold of a door are “liminal,” lying between otherwise defined areas without belonging to either of them.

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References[edit]

  • liminal in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

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