ad·​ja·​cen·​cy ə-ˈjā-sᵊn(t)-sē How to pronounce adjacency (audio)
plural adjacencies
: something that is adjacent
: 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
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Word History


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

First Known Use

1640, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of adjacency was in 1640

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“Adjacency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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