This page is about the idiom vis-a-vis.

Meaning: You can say vis-a-vis instead of saying "in relation to".

For example:

  • Did you get my memo on the new laws vis-a-vis gay marriage?

  • Here's the data I was telling you about vis-a-vis our customers' age groups and income brackets.

Origin: Borrowed from the French language. A literal translation of "vis-a-vis" would be "face to face", which has a very different meaning in English. (For more on "face to face", see its listing.)

Quick Quiz:

Stanley was looking for information on council regulations

a. property vis-a-vis taxes

b. vis-a-vis property taxes

c. property taxes vis-a-vis

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Contributor: Matt Errey