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n. Touching or fingering. Usually means any fingertip contact with an everyday item (a keyboard, tools, etc.).

Contrectation may also refer more specifically to the contact during foreplay. In a more unpleasant sexual sense it may mean any caress given in a furtive or unwelcome manner.

This is also used as a legal term, signifying the ability to be handled and subsequently removed. Contrectation is a prerequisite for larceny. If a piece of property is incapable of contrectation (such as a house, a swimming pool, a plot of land), there can have been no larceny of the item.

Latin root: contrectare. To touch, to dwell on, or, interestingly, to defile.


David Grambs' The Endangered English Dictionary

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