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action at a distance (countable and uncountable, plural actions at a distance)

  1. (physics) the concept that an object can be affected, changed, moved, or otherwise affected without being physically touched by another object.
    • CONSTRUCTING THE UNIVERSE, David Layzer, p. 7, 1984: For Descartes, as for Aristoteles, the doctrine of the Plenum rested on two self-evident truths: Nature abhors a vacuum, and there can be no action at a distance .

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