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 The war in Ukraine and the rise in global oil prices have only underscored oil-rich Saudi Arabia’s geopolitical centrality. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 15 June 2022 As businesses try to adapt to the centrality of logistics to their operations, both technology adoption and capital allocation have each accelerated to meet the moment. Jake Medwell, Fortune, 14 June 2022 Despite its centrality to Japan’s popular identity, the anime industry has always had a darker side — studios known for punishing hours, exploitative conditions with few benefits and a workforce that many employers viewed as disposable. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 May 2022 Instead, Ambitious Like a Mother is a fiery defense of the centrality and importance of women working. Melody Schreiber, The New Republic, 28 Apr. 2022 Even the name signified its centrality to the telecom’s strategy — invoking Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, the founder of AT&T, and by far the most sacred figure in company lore. Variety, 9 Apr. 2022 The towns along the route display the centrality of farming in the Central Valley. New York Times, 20 Apr. 2022 Studies of the self-portrait have often emphasized the centrality of the mirror to the development of the genre, but Jennifer Higgie argues that its reflecting surface proved particularly liberating for female painters. Ruth Bernard Yeazell, The New York Review of Books, 27 Apr. 2022 Interwoven into the message of the Passover holiday is the centrality of Israel. Rabbi Avi Weiss, Sun Sentinel, 18 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of centrality

1642, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Jun 2022

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“Centrality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/centrality. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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