Definition - Stringing clauses together without using connecting words to show the relationship (e.g. of coordination or subordination) between them.

Example -
I came, I saw, I conquered.

(The non-paratactic version of the above would read something like I came, then I saw what was happening, and then I conquered them.)

Etymology -
The word means "a placing side-by-side" in Greek.

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation is from 1842: [No quotation given].
(in Brande Dict. Sci. etc.)

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