contagious
adjective Date: 14th century 1. communicable by contact ; catching <
contagious diseases
>
2. bearing contagion <
contagious people
>
3. used for contagious diseases <
a contagious ward
>
4. exciting similar emotions or conduct in others <
contagious enthusiasm
>
contagiously adverbcontagiousness noun

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