lo·​cal·​i·​ty | \ lō-ˈka-lə-tē How to pronounce locality (audio) \
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
Recent Examples on the Web Albemarle was the first locality in Virginia to use a process for removing Civil War statues that the General Assembly passed and Northam signed into law earlier this year. Washington Post, "Charlottesville prepares to take down Confederate statue near the site of violent Unite the Right rally," 12 Sep. 2020 The legislation, which guides the governor on how to assert state authority in a specific locality that in some manner affects the entire state, was handed to Abbott last week by former state representatives Terry Keel and Ron Wilson. Caitlin Mcfall, Fox News, "Texas Governor Greg Abbott says he’s considering state control of Austin’s police department," 4 Sep. 2020 At the local level, school boards are the most important factor in determining the quality of a locality's education. Adrienne Dunn, USA TODAY, "Fact check: It's wrong to blame only mayors for high crime, poor education," 23 Aug. 2020 The pressure of finding a locality willing to strike a new stadium deal after the efforts of his predecessor proved fruitless for years now. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: As NFL's first Black team president, Jason Wright faces pressure on multiple fronts but could open doors," 18 Aug. 2020 And both Bohmian mechanics and spontaneous collapse models already happily ditched locality in response to Bell. Zeeya Merali, Scientific American, "This Twist on Schrödinger’s Cat Paradox Has Major Implications for Quantum Theory," 17 Aug. 2020 Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "Airline travel down 75%, but TSA finding 3 times more guns in carry-on bags," 10 Aug. 2020 Not every locality where data was collected categorized children in the same age range. BostonGlobe.com, "Georgia school shifting online after infections reported," 9 Aug. 2020 Prince George’s, which has been hit harder by pandemic than any other Maryland locality, reported 73 new infections and four covid-19 fatalities Wednesday. Washington Post, "Virginia enters third phase of pandemic recovery, while Maryland’s Six Flags reopens," 1 July 2020

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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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24 Sep 2020

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“Locality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/locality. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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How to pronounce locality (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of locality

: a particular place or area


lo·​cal·​i·​ty | \ lō-ˈka-lə-tē How to pronounce locality (audio) \
plural localities

Kids Definition of locality

: a place and its surroundings

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