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

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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 Residents in each city will help set the boundaries based primarily on equal population, common interests and contiguity. Phil Diehl,, "Election districts take shape in North County cities," 23 May 2017 The West Bank is like an archipelago, in terms of contiguity and services. Alice Su, WIRED, "Path to Success for One Palestinian Hacker: Publicly Owning Mark Zuckerberg," 31 Oct. 2013

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First Known Use of contiguity

1612, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of contiguity was in 1612

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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