Nexus: NEXUS can be formed with those NEXT to US
A nexus is the means of connection between things linked together. It is tie of sorts. Te drug mafia and the police form one such nexus. Political parties form of nexus of their cadres. This whole laying of a linked network is a nexus.

Another mnemonic you could use to learn nexus is the context of the Naxal fighters in India. Naxals have formed an extensive nexus of their cadres.

The dictionary definitions for Nexus are as follows:
1. A means of connection; tie; link. (noun)
2. A connected series or group. (noun)
3. The core or center, as of a matter or situation. (noun)

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