Simple Definition of proximity
: the state of being near
Examples of proximity in a sentence
<the proximity of the curtains to the fireplace was a cause of concern for the safety inspector>
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The history of "proximity" hinges on the idea of closeness, both physical and metaphorical. English speakers borrowed the word from Middle French, which in turn acquired it from Latin proximitat-, proximitas, forms of the adjective proximus, meaning "nearest" or "next." A number of other languages, including Catalan, Portuguese, and Italian, derived similar words from Latin proximus. Other descendants of "proximus" in English include "proximal," "proximate," and the somewhat more rare "approximal" (meaning "contiguous").
Origin of proximity
Middle French proximité, from Latin proximitat-, proximitas, from proximus
First Known Use: 15th century
Rhymes with proximity
Legal Definition of proximity
: the quality or state of being proximate
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