Adjective "contagious" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a disease) spread from one person or organism to another, typically by direct contact.
  1. 'it is a relatively new disease and very contagious'
  2. 'Measles, mumps, and rubella are all serious contagious diseases that spread rapidly, especially in populations without immunity.'
  3. 'TB is a contagious disease that spreads through the air.'
  4. 'Traditional externalities, such as limiting the spread of contagious diseases, explain little of modern government involvement with health.'
  5. 'Many parents assume that any kind of stomach upset in a child is the result of a contagious illness when the real culprit is simple indigestion or constipation.'
  6. 'Rubella is a mild, highly contagious illness that is caused by a virus.'
  7. 'This is especially important because children may have been exposed to contagious illnesses such as chicken pox or may have recently received immunizations.'
  8. 'As flocks of sheep return home this month from winter grazing the lowlands of Pembrokeshire, farmers are being warned to be vigilant against the spread of a highly contagious disease.'
  9. 'The epidemic peaked because contagious disease epidemics always do.'
  10. 'And each child who isn't immunized gives these highly contagious diseases one more chance to spread.'
  11. 'The spread of contagious disease from the body was continuing to infect our people and it was killing them.'
  12. 'Even if a person with HIV doesn't feel or look sick, he is still contagious.'
  13. 'New cases and potentially contagious patients are identified through proper use and interpretation of the tuberculin skin test.'
  14. 'Lice aren't dangerous and they don't spread disease, but they are contagious and can just be downright annoying.'
  15. 'So they come back to work, when in fact, maybe they should be out for a week to two weeks because they are still contagious.'
  16. 'Victims are contagious once symptoms have appeared and possibly for a short time before they develop fever.'
  17. 'A person is most contagious just before the fever starts to about 4 days after the rash appears.'
  18. 'Celine's TB is not active, which means she's not contagious, but she has to start treatment that could take up to a year.'
  19. 'Your child should stay home from school or daycare if he is contagious.'
  20. 'Patients are more contagious than carriers but carriers keep the disease alive.'
  21. 'A few parents turned their children away from us, as if we were contagious, harmful on sight.'
(of an emotion, feeling, or attitude) likely to spread to and affect others.
  1. 'Thanks to his very persuasive speech and contagious enthusiasm, he won with nearly 80 per cent of the votes.'
  2. 'He sparks with highly contagious enthusiasm while sipping his beer.'
  3. 'Attitudes are contagious, and how we behave does influence others.'
  4. 'Together, they argue that emotions are contagious, and a successful leader is one from whom people ‘catch’ positive feelings.'
  5. 'It built up enthusiasm, and enthusiasm is contagious.'
  6. 'I appeared to be a never-ending foundation of contagious emotion.'
  7. 'It took no time to spread here, feeding off a contagious love of popularity.'
  8. 'Pan's enthusiasm was contagious and soon some of his friends, including his girlfriend Lisa, had their ears pierced.'
  9. 'The crowd didn't seem to know much about her music, but her contagious enthusiasm soon had much of the audience dancing.'
  10. 'I had never seen him so scared in my life, and the feeling was contagious.'


1. capable of being transmitted by bodily contact with an infected person or object: contagious diseases.

2. carrying or spreading a contagious disease.

3. tending to spread from person to person: contagious laughter.

More examples(as adjective)

"jitterses can be contagious from opens."

"jitterses can be contagious from hikes."

"diseases can be contagious to sheeps."

"diseases can be contagious to hogs."

"diseases can be contagious to cattles."

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Late Middle English: from late Latin contagiosus, from contagio (see contagion).