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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Fitzpatrick also notably voted for the GOP tax bill that repealed Obamacare’s individual mandate, a vote that Democrats argue effectively erases his vote against the earlier health care bill, given the mandate’s centrality to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 But, instead of ever-moving hands, death on his steed stops time, his centrality and scale declaring victory. Lee Lawrence, WSJ, "Intimations of Medieval Mortality," 29 June 2018 Working in Evergrande’s favor is the property sector’s centrality to China’s economy. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Evergrande’s Ever-Deeper Peril," 4 July 2018 But even as the President’s daughter visually projects the centrality of motherhood in her life, she’s being called to task for not speaking out publicly about the separation of immigrant children and parents at America’s borders. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Ivanka Trump Said She'd Fight for Women. Where Is She on the Border Crisis?," 20 June 2018 The debate spoke to the power and influence that Evangelicals wield in United States politics, and the centrality of Scripture for both personal piety and political action. Harry Bruinius, The Christian Science Monitor, "Family separation: Evangelicals add their voices to opposition," 18 June 2018 About Eve and Sunset Boulevard) that discipline women for privileging their ambitions and satisfactions, Nadel points out, are women who do, indeed, sing in the rain and embrace the centrality of work. Glenn C. Altschuler, Philly.com, "Alan Nadel's 'Demographic Angst': The dark anxieties behind 1950s films," 15 June 2018 By collecting stories and establishing relationships with descendants, Getting Word project restores the centrality of the African-American experience to Monticello. Andrew M. Davenport, Smithsonian, "Putting Enslaved Families’ Stories Back in the Monticello Narrative," 14 June 2018

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1642, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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