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[sen-tral-i-tee] /sɛnˈtræl ɪ ti/
noun, plural centralities.
a central position or state:
the centrality of the sun.
a vital, critical, or important position:
the centrality of education to modern civilization.
Origin of centrality
1640-50; central1 + -ity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The idea of the neurons' centrality to social intelligence is gaining ground.
  • We humans are obsessed with our centrality in the universe and that everything about us is special or sacred.
  • The second, less obvious element may well be the increased centrality to political decision of the po poles.
  • Opposing the centrality of negotiations is not a principle but a pragmatic reading of current reality.
  • In many ways, the continued centrality of place-based education is no surprise.
  • But if you ignore the centrality of working with staff employees you will probably fail as an academic administrator.
  • College campuses seem to have lost their centrality.
  • It would be difficult to exaggerate the centrality of the idea in modern economics.
  • Newspapers often bullied their way to centrality in a community.
  • Nevertheless, the century had turned and the centrality of the horse was diminishing.
British Dictionary definitions for centrality


noun (pl) -ties
the state or condition of being central
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for centrality

1640s; see central (adj.) + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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