ad·​ja·​cen·​cy | \ ə-ˈjā-sᵊn(t)-sē How to pronounce adjacency (audio) \
plural adjacencies

Definition of adjacency

1 : something that is adjacent
2 : the quality or state of being adjacent : contiguity

Examples of adjacency in a Sentence

environmentalists are concerned about the proposed shopping plaza's adjacency to the river
Recent Examples on the Web Its adjacency to the lake provides a temperate maritime influence, and helps make this Italy’s most northern Mediterranean climate. Lana Bortolot, Forbes, 28 June 2022 Weighed by the total number of lives lost and the adjacency of age that many of the victims were to some of my own closest loved ones, the need to self-preserve took precedence over any desire to seek out further information. Aley Arion, Essence, 20 May 2022 Some cities have successfully landed their sports teams in close adjacency to their central business districts and the expanses of rapidly-diminishing rail yards south of the loop offered some tempting possibilities. Kori Rumore, Chicago Tribune, 13 May 2022 Irpin has loomed large symbolically in the war not just because of its adjacency to the capital. New York Times, 29 Mar. 2022 Once a sleepy industrial backwater (the adjacency to the railroad was an asset), the place has changed with the times. Jacques Kelly,, 12 Mar. 2022 The adjacency of his experience and that last-gasp of Brideshead throwback sparked his practice. Luke Leitch, Vogue, 5 Mar. 2022 The rush to establish adjacency with her is far reaching. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, 13 Feb. 2022 Rick Mather, the American architect based in London, designed a nice building about 20 years ago that’s not really an addition but an adjacency. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 5 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of adjacency

1640, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for adjacency

borrowed from Medieval Latin adjacentia, going back to Late Latin, "adherence," noun derivative of Latin adjacent-, adjacens adjacent

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10 Jul 2022

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“Adjacency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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