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

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 By law the commission had to consider such factors as population, contiguity, compactness, local jurisdictions and communities of interest. San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Dec. 2021 In adopting new district boundaries for Congress and the statehouse, the commission takes into account population, contiguity and compactness, local jurisdictions and communities of interest. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Jan. 2022 The contiguity of Olga’s career life and her familial roots in Puerto Rican Brooklyn, creates a tension that ultimately underlines the sacrifices each world constantly asks Olga to upkeep. Chloe Schama, Vogue, 20 Dec. 2021 Most states have rules regarding the contiguity of districts and their compactness, and to ensure that political boundary lines and neighborhoods remain in the same district. Gabriel T. Rubin, WSJ, 9 Aug. 2021 Martin said the rules on contiguity should be re-examined and that councilmanic districts should stay as close as possible to school districts. James Whitlow,, 7 July 2021 Alabama law requires contiguity as a prerequisite for incorporation. al, 3 July 2021 Many other features of space, besides its contiguity, may also reflect entanglement. George Musser, Scientific American, 1 June 2018 Many other features of space, besides its contiguity, may also reflect entanglement. George Musser, Scientific American, 1 June 2018 See More

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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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“Contiguity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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