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Is there an adjective that is somewhere between near and far?

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    I rather doubt there would be a single-word adjective. Why would you want it? There's normally no reason to mention distance at all unless it's actually either "near" or "far", or you need to reassure someone by saying something is "not too far", for example. Jan 27 '14 at 15:02
  • What about "halfway"?
    – Josh
    Jan 27 '14 at 15:02
  • @FumbleFingers: Yeah, the "not foo far" idea is kind of what I'm getting at. It's strange that we have only "far" and "near", but in the sense of temperature we have "hot", "warm", "lukewarm", "cool", and "cold".
    – Jason S
    Jan 27 '14 at 15:04
  • The terms middle distant and mid(-)distant can be found on Google, the latter being commoner than the former (which is rare). If one argues for compound status (the former is probably not common enough), one can call them 'words'. Jan 27 '14 at 15:06
  • @ Jason: I think you have to make up your mind whether the reassurance you seek to provide is not too far or not too near[by]. The latter might apply if you were selling your townhouse and wanted to assure a potential buyer that it was not too near the town centre shops, nightlife, etc. If you search Google Books for "not too near" you'll see it's often conjoined with "not too far", because there isn't a single commonly-used word to cover the concept. Except metaphorically, as in Earth is in the Sun's Goldilocks zone Jan 27 '14 at 15:21
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While not directly related to distance and sometimes having a slightly negative quality, you could consider middling (which can be an adjective or adverb)

of middle, medium, or moderate size, degree, or quality

as in

They drove a middling distance, not quite halfway through their journey.

or

She traveled only middling far, taking in sights along the way.

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  • Hmmm. In my experience, people usually use middling as a slightly disparaging way of saying not really good enough. Jan 27 '14 at 19:24
  • @FumbleFingers Hence my warning about negative quality. It often can mean mediocre. But it can mean average, as in fair to middling.
    – bib
    Jan 27 '14 at 19:35
  • I guess. The problem is that in most contexts where you need to identify a distance as neither near nor far, it's likely to be obvious from context that one of those is definitely not relevant. So you normally just negate the other one, as in "Don't get too close!" or "It's not far to go now!" I never heard anyone say, for example, "Keep a middling distance away from that guard dog!" Jan 27 '14 at 19:46
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I would use "moderate distance" in this context.

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Any of "midway", "partway", or "halfway" could work, depending context. Of the three, "partway" is the most general.

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Midrange would be the word I would use.

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While this is not a single word, the concept can be expressed by “not far”.

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