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per·son·al space

a term used in the behavioral sciences to denote the physical area immediately surrounding a person who is in proximity to one or more others, whether known or unknown; serves as a body buffer zone in such interpersonal transactions. Measure of space determined as appropriate varies widely among ethnic groups and cultures.

personal space

the area surrounding an individual that is perceived as private by the individual, who may regard a movement into the space by another person as intrusive. Personal space boundaries vary somewhat in different cultures, but in general they are regarded as a distance of about 1 meter (3 feet) around the individual.

personal space

The portable, invisible boundary surrounding a person, into which others should not trespass.

per·son·al space

(pĕr'sŏn-ăl spās)
A term used in the behavioral sciences to denote the physical area immediately surrounding a person who is in proximity to one or more others, whether known or unknown, and which serves as a body buffer zone in such interpersonal transactions; concept varies among different societies.

per·son·al space

(pĕr'sŏn-ăl spās)
Term used in the behavioral sciences to denote physical area immediately surrounding a person who is in proximity to one or more others, whether known or unknown; serves as a body buffer zone in such interpersonal transactions. Measurement of space determined as appropriate varies among ethnic groups and cultures.
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Whether it's a sprawling garden or a petite balcony, we all need some personal space to relax and unwind.
It marks the third single from the duo's upcoming debut album, Personal Space, due to release in the beginning of 2015.