Close to or sharing some characteristics or values with the stated quality or thing without actually being it or fully encompassing it. Calling allies "gay-adjacent" is usually meant as a compliment. Do they realize that calling the headmaster's remarks "racist-adjacent" does not make them suddenly OK? Are there any Yankees-adjacent players poised to make the team next year? How did their minor league players do this past season?
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