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

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Examples of adjacency in a Sentence

environmentalists are concerned about the proposed shopping plaza's adjacency to the river
Recent Examples on the Web Consisting of members from the EAA, SAWS and other agencies, the team developed a GIS (geographic information system) model to rank properties based on factors such permeability, biology, size and adjacency to open space. Brian Chasnoff, San Antonio Express-News, "Troubled Waters," 27 Feb. 2020 Chief among them were his mother’s illness and death, which instilled in him the desire to ensure everyone had access to medical care, and the adjacency of Vermont to Canada, which afforded him a blueprint for universal health care. Sydney Ember, New York Times, "Bernie Sanders Went to Canada, and a Dream of ‘Medicare for All’ Flourished," 9 Sep. 2019 The shop is dreamy inside and out thanks in part to their collaboration with local flower shop Native Poppy, and its adjacency to North Park Nursery (a.k.a. Jessi Walker, Marie Claire, "Take the Ultimate Southern California Road Trip," 27 June 2019 Along the way, a city is constructed, but that largely affects play due to adjacency rules, as buildings can’t be next to one another. Tom Mendelsohn, Ars Technica, "Review: Founders of Gloomhaven groans beneath its own weight," 22 Sep. 2018 The best that could be hoped for was the intimate adjacency of the facing page. Geoff Dyer, New York Times, "The Magic of Books Where Photography Meets Essays," 18 Apr. 2018 And as his notoriety grew, Imanuel received a corresponding amount of criticism for his moniker and its adjacency to the n-word. Alex Wong, GQ, "Rich Brian Learned How to Rap from YouTube," 2 Feb. 2018 That sense of adjacency between exhibition and city at large, each rubbing off on the other, is something Meier's Getty Center — alone on its hilltop, all but inaccessible for anybody without a car — has never been able to offer its visitors. Christopher Hawthorne,, "With Pacific Standard Time, Getty finally climbs down from hilltop oasis it built 20 years ago," 19 Oct. 2017 Amazon has also met with several technology companies regarding how to prevent inappropriate content from appearing next to ads, an issue called content adjacency, several people with knowledge of the meetings told CNBC. Michelle Castillo, USA TODAY, "Amazon is considering a more serious bid against YouTube, ad industry sources say," 9 Oct. 2017

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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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“Adjacency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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