I came across the following sentence and checked it in the Corpus of Contemporary American English:

Ideologues, be they left or right politically, are fundamentally ageographical.

I know that the a- negative prefix is from Greek, and appears only on Greek roots, but the word is the COCA.

So, can I use the word 'ageographical' this way in an PhD essay I'm writing?

Multinational corporations, be they based in Europe or America, are fundamentally ageographical.

Or is there a better word/phrase?

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    Impossible to not read age o graphical. Perhaps a-geographical will help – mplungjan Sep 25 '13 at 13:06
  • I read that as areographical: pertaining to the physical features of the planet Mars. – tchrist Sep 25 '13 at 13:47

It is as well formed as apolitical, so why not, meaning : not relative to a geographical description (for instance, the Genesis is such : nobody knows where the Paradise was supposed to be).

But I guess that the meanings are : - The politician are not parochial ; - The corporations are international, above the boarders.


I'd call them transnational.

The word geographical normally have these meanings:

  1. Of or relating to geography.
  2. Concerning the topography of a specific region.

As I can imagine, ageographical would mean either not related to geography or not concerning the topography of a specific region, neither of which is your intended meaning.

EDIT: Trans means across and one of the meanings of the latter is spanning. The corporations' business extends over nations, hence is transnational and so are they.

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