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propinquity

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noun pro·pin·qui·ty \prə-ˈpiŋ-kwə-tē\

Definition of propinquity

  1. 1 :  nearness of blood :  kinship

  2. 2 :  nearness in place or time :  proximity



Examples of propinquity

  1. <local housing prices, thanks to the propinquity of an especially picturesque beach, are out of the reach of many would-be buyers>



Origin of propinquity

Middle English propinquite, from Latin propinquitat-, propinquitas kinship, proximity, from propinquus near, akin, from prope near — more at approach


First Known Use: 14th century


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