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From Latin nexus (the act of binding together; bond), from nectō (bind).



nexus (plural nexuses or nexus)

  1. A form of connection.
  2. A connected group.
  3. The centre of something.
  4. (historical, law) In Ancient Rome, a person who had contracted a nexum or obligation of such a kind that, if he failed to pay, his creditor could compel him to work as a servant until the debt was paid.

Usage notes[edit]

The Latin plural form (written nexûs or nexūs) is sometimes used in academic discussions of process philosophy (see Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg Nexus (process philosophy) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia ).






Perfect passive participle of nectō (bind).



nexus m (feminine nexa, neuter nexum); first/second declension

  1. bound, tied, fastened, connected, interwoven, having been bound.
  2. bound by obligation, obliged, made liable, pledged, having been obliged.


First/second declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative nexus nexa nexum nexī nexae nexa
genitive nexī nexae nexī nexōrum nexārum nexōrum
dative nexō nexō nexīs
accusative nexum nexam nexum nexōs nexās nexa
ablative nexō nexā nexō nexīs
vocative nexe nexa nexum nexī nexae nexa


nexus m (genitive nexūs); fourth declension

  1. the act of binding, tying or fastening together
  2. something which binds; bond, joint, binding, fastening; connection; nexus
  3. a personal obligation of a debtor
  4. a legal obligation


Fourth declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative nexus nexūs
genitive nexūs nexuum
dative nexuī nexibus
accusative nexum nexūs
ablative nexū nexibus
vocative nexus nexūs


Related terms[edit]



  • nexus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • nexus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • nexus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • concatenation, interdependence of causes: rerum causae aliae ex aliis nexae
    • systematic succession, concatenation: continuatio seriesque rerum, ut alia ex alia nexa et omnes inter se aptae colligataeque sint (N. D. 1. 4. 9)
    • the connection: sententiae inter se nexae
    • the connection: contextus orationis (not nexus, conexus sententiarum)
  • nexus in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[2], pre-publication website, 2005-2016