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[1069a] [1] 1 is not successive to 2, nor is the new moon1 to the second day of the month."Contiguous" is that which is successive and in contact. The "continuous" is a species of the contiguous.I call two things continuous when their respective boundaries, by which they are kept together in contact, become one and the same; hence clearly the continuous belongs to the sphere of things whose nature it is to become one by contiguity.

Clearly "successive" is the most ultimate term; for the successive need not be in contact, but contact implies succession; and if there is continuity there is contact, but if there is contact there is not necessarily continuity;and where there is no contact there is no coalescence. Therefore a point is not the same as a unit; for points admit of contact, whereas units do not, but only of succession; and between points there is something intermediate, but between units there is not.

1 i.e., the first day of the month.

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