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[prok-sim-i-tee] /prɒkˈsɪm ɪ ti/
nearness in place, time, order, occurrence, or relation.
Origin of proximity
1475-85; < Latin proximitās nearness, vicinity. See proximal, -ity
Related forms
nonproximity, noun Unabridged
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  • Even if the jeans are washed, they'll still be repopulated by being in such close proximity to the wearer's skin.
  • Too much proximity to the wild leads to fatal accidents.
  • The reason they knew better was because the system of mixed pastoralism they practiced was defined by close physical proximity.
  • The proximity of the presidential election is hardly an excuse, since none of the committee members is running.
  • The number of stalls, urinals, and sinks and proximity to convenient and discrete observation posts were similar.
  • Factors other than mere proximity can make inbreeding attractive.
  • Simply use the sunlight to heat up the salts and put those molten salts in proximity to water via a heat exchanger.
  • Really sad that this guy not only believes this, but openly subjects people in close proximity to this nonsense.
  • The climate, proximity and services offered were too enticing for those not able to help you pay for them.
  • Then, shoving them into close proximity forced them to trade ideas, recognizing each others' blind spots.
British Dictionary definitions for proximity


nearness in space or time
nearness or closeness in a series
Word Origin
C15: from Latin proximitās closeness; see proximate
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Word Origin and History for proximity

late 15c., from Middle French proximité "nearness" (14c.), from Latin proximitatem (nominative proximitas) "nearness, vicinity," from proximus "nearest, next; most direct; adjoining," figuratively "latest, most recent; next, following; most faithful," superlative of prope "near" (see propinquity).

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