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 The city, known for its diverse Caribbean heritage — due to its central adjacency to the region — will return to host one of the most popular Caribbean celebrations in the carnival circuit, with COVID safety measures, of course. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, 19 May 2021 Now known as Space Florida’s Launch and Landing Facility, its adjacency to Kennedy Space Center will be vital to missions returning from the ISS with time-sensitive science and other cargo. Richard Tribou,, 4 May 2021 This will add to the pressure on inventory suppliers and publishers to figure out contextual adjacency or custom audiences built from existing first-party data. Jason Wulfsohn, Forbes, 16 Apr. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 22 Sep. 2018 The best that could be hoped for was the intimate adjacency of the facing page. Geoff Dyer, New York Times, 18 Apr. 2018

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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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The first known use of adjacency was in 1640

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23 May 2021

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“Adjacency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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