con·​ti·​gu·​i·​ty | \ ˌkän-tə-ˈgyü-ə-tē How to pronounce contiguity (audio) \
plural contiguities

Definition of contiguity

: the quality or state of being contiguous : proximity

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Examples of contiguity in a Sentence

because of the contiguity of the mall to the border, it attracts many shoppers from out of state
Recent Examples on the Web The settlement would deny territorial contiguity to parts of East Jerusalem, which the Palestinians want to make their capital. Adam Rasgon, New York Times, "Reassured by Biden Win, Palestinians Will Resume Cooperation With Israel," 17 Nov. 2020 The legislature must immediately start drawing new maps, the court said, demanding that they be drawn based on criteria like population, contiguity, and county lines. Jane C. Timm, NBC News, "North Carolina judges toss maps, slam gerrymandering in stinging ruling," 3 Sep. 2019 From its earliest episodes, Orange has used the art of contiguity—placing certain scenes next to each other—to make explicit points. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Ballad of Taystee Jefferson," 31 July 2019 Since the 1980s, the group’s writings have emphasized the heterogeneity of Caribbean history, the fundamental contiguity of life and literature with ecology, and a tradition of oral storytelling that has become the touchstone of Chamoiseau’s oeuvre. New York Times, "Fleeing a Caribbean Plantation Into a Mythic Wilderness," 27 June 2018 Many other features of space, besides its contiguity, may also reflect entanglement. George Musser, Scientific American, "What Is Spacetime?," 8 May 2018 Anti-settlement groups say the construction in Givat Hamatos would drive a wedge between predominantly Palestinian East Jerusalem neighborhoods and Bethlehem, harming the contiguity of any future Palestinian state. Isabel Kershner And David M. Halbfinger, New York Times, "Israel Moves Ahead on West Bank Settlements, but Guardedly," 16 Oct. 2017 State lawyers contend that Democrats have no legal right to bring the challenge and that the maps are in compliance with traditional redistricting principles such as compactness and contiguity. CNN, "Wisconsin voter hopes Supreme Court will revolutionize map drawing," 2 Sep. 2017 Instead, criteria included factors such as population equality and district contiguity, as well as some past election results and an effort to protect incumbent officeholders. Scott Calvert, WSJ, "North Carolina Lawmakers Rush to Pass New District Maps," 21 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of contiguity

1612, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for contiguity

borrowed from Late Latin contiguitāt-, contiguitās "connection, conjunction," from Latin contiguus contiguous + -itāt-, -itās -ity

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The first known use of contiguity was in 1612

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30 Nov 2020

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“Contiguity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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