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 So, for that matter, is the full range of filmmaking and movie viewing, in particular, performance, to which Perez pays exacting attention—without losing sight of the centrality of direction to a viewer’s experience of acting. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "A Tribute to My Teacher Gilberto Perez and His Eloquent Philosophy of Cinema," 17 Jan. 2020 The Witch is a slow-burn contemplation on the centrality of religion and the fear of damnation in 17th-century lives and a jarring one at that. Jason Herbert, Smithsonian Magazine, "What Were the Best History Movies of the Decade?," 31 Dec. 2019 Given its centrality to Google’s business, the tech giant doesn’t tinker with its search algorithm lightly. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "A.I. breakthroughs in natural-language processing are big for business," 20 Jan. 2020 What’s changed is the centrality of the courts in those fights. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "A Decade of Legal Warfare Has Warped America’s Future," 30 Dec. 2019 Intended to transform and modernize the military’s cloud computing systems, the contract is considered more important than its size because of its centrality to new forms of war. BostonGlobe.com, "Microsoft awarded Pentagon’s $10 billion JEDI contract - The Boston Globe," 26 Oct. 2019 And just as post-colonial Brazil felt the need to weaken Rio’s centrality, Jokowi has tasked Brodjonegoro to reduce the political role of Java, the most-populous island and a 59% contributor to annual GDP. Andy Mukherjee | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "A Capital City in the Jungle? It’s Not a Crazy Idea," 19 Aug. 2019 The sheer volume of people seeking access to liberal societies has left natives fearing for their own heretofore-unquestioned centrality. The Economist, "Open Future Is liberalism really kaput?," 4 Dec. 2019 Indeed, witness after witness at the House impeachment hearings has confirmed the centrality of Bolton’s role in all of this. Daniel S. Alter, Time, "If John Bolton Keeps Refusing to Testify, Congress Should Arrest Him," 21 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of centrality

1642, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Centrality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/centrality. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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