cen·​tral·​i·​ty | \ sen-ˈtra-lə-tē How to pronounce centrality (audio) \
plural centralities

Definition of centrality

1 : the quality or state of being central the centrality of television in our livesPopular Photography
2 : central situation the centrality of the park in the city
3 : tendency to remain in or at the center

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When an earthquake and tsunami hit the country in 2011, its continued centrality to the industry quickly became apparent. The Economist, "The technology industry is rife with bottlenecks," 6 June 2019 Another, even more ambitious goal would be restoring the centrality of work in American society. William A. Galston, WSJ, "Work: The New Political Breakthrough," 20 Nov. 2018 The novel wants to stress the centrality of Igbo faith in the lives of its characters, yet the story itself seems to show the gods’ irrelevance to the machinery of fate. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: The Sweat and Cries of Humankind," 11 Jan. 2019 Nothing like that happened, and the failure of vodka to achieve sufficient centrality there felt a bit like a letdown. Sergio De La Pava, WSJ, "Can You Taste a City in a Bottle of Vodka?," 14 June 2018 The debate highlights the dollar’s centrality to global markets and the potentially disparate consequences of trade tensions, the U.S. fiscal stimulus and expectations for more interest-rate increases from the Federal Reserve. Ira Iosebashvili, WSJ, "Weakness Against Major Rivals Dims Dollar’s Shine," 10 Sep. 2018 All of which suggests that his legs (and baserunning smarts) are still in excellent shape going forward, an important consideration given that facet’s centrality to his value. Jay Jaffe, SI.com, "What Is Lorenzo Cain Really Worth? More Than You May Think," 8 Jan. 2018 But despite the centrality of this idea to the field of AI, there’s little agreement among researchers as to when this feat might actually be achievable. James Vincent, The Verge, "This is when AI’s top researchers think artificial general intelligence will be achieved," 27 Nov. 2018 The centrality of states in America’s political system never made much sense from the perspective of ideal political theory. Ezra Klein, Vox, "The rigging of American politics," 16 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of centrality

1642, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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