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

Examples of centrality in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One continuity between the two books is the centrality of family — something always on Sweeney’s mind. Bethanne Patrick, Los Angeles Times, "In life and fiction, a late-blooming novelist makes peace, happily, with L.A.," 1 Apr. 2021 Northwestern University scholar and author Barry Scott Wimpfheimer describes the book’s origins and structure, its centrality to Jewish law, its mixed reception history, and its golden renaissance in modernity as an iconic symbol of Jewishness. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Arts & Culture Newsletter: Celebrating 50 years of Queen with 50 weeks’ worth of free clips," 25 Mar. 2021 The two countries will support ASEAN centrality and other regional efforts including the expansion of regional coordination with the Pacific Island countries as well as in the Mekong sub-region. Joohee Cho, ABC News, "US pushes China to play a role in North Korea’s denuclearization," 18 Mar. 2021 Despite their centrality in Judeo-Christian stories, art and traditions, angels are rarely described in any physical detail in surviving religious texts. Michael B. Habib, Scientific American, "How to Make a Hippogriff Fly and Other Flights of Fancy," 17 Mar. 2021 In focusing their research on the cerebral cortex, neuroscientists have tended to emphasize the centrality of high-level cognition. Washington Post, "A brain researcher on what Freud got right," 26 Feb. 2021 America’s centrality to this stand-off is well-known to President Joe Biden and his foreign-policy aides, who are an experienced bunch. The Economist, "China faces fateful choices, especially involving Taiwan," 20 Feb. 2021 Punchbowl appears likely to stay small for now, though the centrality of Capitol Hill to Mr. Biden’s early agenda will give it an outsize importance in 2021. New York Times, "They Seem to Think the Next Four Years Will Be Normal," 3 Jan. 2021 If so, their return will attest to the centrality of jazz in Chicago culture. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Column: 6 wishes for Chicago’s jazz and classical music in the New Year," 28 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of centrality

1642, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Apr 2021

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“Centrality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/centrality. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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