lo·cal·i·ty | \lō-ˈka-lə-tē \
plural localities

Definition of locality 

1 : the fact or condition of having a location in space or time

2 : a particular place, situation, or location

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Examples of locality in a Sentence

The plant has only been found in one locality. a locality with high housing prices

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The guidelines also said regulators should postpone approvals for projects in localities that have high debt levels. WSJ, "Cash Flows: Beijing Opens the Taps With Rail Projects and More Lending," 13 July 2018 In some localities, candidates who were offered subpar rankings on Nidaa lists instead formed independent lists. Aytug Sasmaz, Washington Post, "Who really won Tunisia’s first democratic local elections?," 1 June 2018 The children tested positive for lead levels of 5 to 9 micrograms per deciliter, the minimum amount for which the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that localities intervene. New York Times, "820 Children Under 6 in Public Housing Tested High for Lead," 1 July 2018 Unlike many East Coast cities, West Coast localities tend not to have right-to-shelter laws. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Big Tech Isn’t the Problem With Homelessness. It’s All of Us," 21 June 2018 Forty-seven counties reported voter turnout on June 5 higher than the statewide average, though many of the localities are rural regions with relatively few voters. John Myers, latimes.com, "California's primary election saw higher turnout than recent years, but most voters still skipped it," 10 July 2018 Nationally, 29 states and a number of localities have enacted their own higher minimum wages. Laurent Belsie, The Christian Science Monitor, "As economy hums, fewer workers make minimum wage," 6 July 2018 School desegregation is linked to higher graduation rates, higher income, economic growth, lower incarceration rates and greater tax revenue for cities and localities. Nancy Webb, charlotteobserver, "Our NC Influencers weigh in on reader education question," 2 July 2018 The locality of the book has people looking for themselves in the story. Joan Hunt, Courant Community, "Local Police Detective Pens Suspense Trilogy," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of locality

circa 1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of locality was circa 1538

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English Language Learners Definition of locality

: a particular place or area


lo·cal·i·ty | \lō-ˈka-lə-tē \
plural localities

Kids Definition of locality

: a place and its surroundings

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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