Contagious meaning

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Spreading or tending to spread from one to another; infectious.

A contagious smile.

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The definition of contagious is something that is spread, or that can be spread between people or animals.

An example of contagious is an illness that can spread by touching someone's hand and coming into contact with his germs.

An example of contagious is a negative attitude which is likely to spread through a group of people and poison the group as a whole.

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Of or relating to contagion.
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Transmissible by direct or indirect contact; communicable.

A contagious disease.

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Capable of transmitting a disease.

Stayed at home until he was no longer contagious.

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Capable of transmitting a disease.

The children stayed at home until they were no longer contagious.

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Carrying, or liable to transmit, the causative agent of a contagious disease.
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For the care of contagious patients.
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Spreading or tending to spread from person to person.

Contagious laughter.

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Relating to contagion.
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Transmissible by direct or indirect contact; communicable.

A contagious disease.

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Capable of being transmitted by direct or indirect contact, as an infectious disease.
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Bearing contagion, as a person or animal with an infectious disease that is contagious.
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Of a disease, easily transmitted to others.

The flu was so contagious that everybody in town got sick!

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Of a fashion, laughter, etc., easily passed on to others.

Wearing jeans was a contagious fad at that time.

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Of a person, having a disease that can be transmitted to another person by touch.

They were highly contagious, spreading bacteria to other people.

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Spread by direct or indirect contact; communicable: said of diseases.
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Origin of contagious

  • From Old French contagieus, from Late Latin contagiosus, from contagio.

    From Wiktionary