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Contiguous means connected or “next to”. This  term is usually used to refer to adjoining pieces of real estate. It means land adjoining or touching by a common corner or a common boundary line. It includes land having common ownership but divided by a road or other right-of-way. 

Cases such as this one from Vermont explain that “the word ‘contiguous' in its primary sense means in actual contact or touching and when applied to tracts of land, it ordinarily conveys the idea that they border each other.” Most courts interpret contiguous to mean “in actual touch or contact” when construing its meaning in the context of ownership of land. 

[Last updated in June of 2021 by the Wex Definitions Team]