cen·​tral·​i·​ty | \ sen-ˈtra-lə-tē \
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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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 The deeper societal roots of the Sadrist-leftist alliance By contrast, the persistent centrality of elite politics and sectarianism continues to obscure the political significance of similar societal dynamics in Iraq. Benedict Robin, Washington Post, "Why everyone failed to predict the leftist-Islamist alliance that won Iraq’s 2018 elections," 7 June 2018 The Curia is resilient and has lately reasserted the centrality of Rome against Francis’s collegial vision. Jason Horowitz, Vogue, "How Pope Francis Is Changing the Catholic Church," 16 July 2018 Fitzpatrick also notably voted for the GOP tax bill that repealed Obamacare’s individual mandate, a vote that Democrats argue effectively erases his vote against the earlier health care bill, given the mandate’s centrality to the law. Dylan Scott, Vox, "10 House races where health care could swing the 2018 election," 31 Oct. 2018 But Lightman’s aim in this insightful and provocative musing is to remind us of the centrality of subjectivity in all human endeavors, including those of science. Michael Shermer, New York Times, "Must Science Conflict With Spirituality?," 25 June 2018

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1642, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of centrality was in 1642

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