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propinquity

[proh-ping-kwi-tee] /proʊˈpɪŋ kwɪ ti/
noun
1.
nearness in place; proximity.
2.
nearness of relation; kinship.
3.
affinity of nature; similarity.
4.
nearness in time.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English propinquite < Latin propinquitās nearness, equivalent to propinqu(us) near (prop(e) near (see pro-1) + -inquus adj. suffix) + -itās -ity
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Examples for propinquity
  • Residents tolerate--even welcome--human propinquity.
  • We have no idea what makes them friends other than their social propinquity.
  • Their propinquity is a corroborating point, as is the quotation from the trial transcript.
  • Telecommunications and computers have reduced the importance of geographic propinquity for people.
British Dictionary definitions for propinquity

propinquity

/prəˈpɪŋkwɪtɪ/
noun
1.
nearness in place or time
2.
nearness in relationship
Word Origin
C14: from Latin propinquitās closeness, from propinquus near, from prope near by
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Word Origin and History for propinquity
n.

late 14c., "nearness in relation, kinship," later also "physical nearness" (early 15c.), from Old French propinquite (13c.) and directly from Latin propinquitatem (nominative propinquitas) "nearness, vicinity; relationship, affinity," from propinquus "near, neighboring," from prope "near" (enlarged from PIE *pro "before;" see pro-) + suffix -inquus.

Nothing propinks like propinquity [Ian Fleming, chapter heading, "Diamonds are Forever," 1956; phrase popularized 1960s by U.S. diplomat George Ball]

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