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